A Binding by James Taylor; Edinburgh c. 1783
This late eighteenth-century binding is the work of a Scottish binder who has stamped his name on the title page. James Taylor, a respected binder from the period, is the likely binder.
The Psalms of David in Metre. London: printed for A. Grant, 1774.
Size: 150 x 92 x 24 mm.
Material: Green morocco
Spine structure: Tight back
Board edge: Gilt decorative roll
Turn-ins: Gilt decorative roll, matching board edge
Edges of textblock: Gilt
Endpapers: Spot marbled
Provenance: Inscription on recto of title page: "Elizabeth Baird"
Covers are tooled with two gilt decorative rolls and twelve gilt stamps, including a gilt urn design on a central crimson morocco inlay. Smooth spine is divided into six panels; tooling includes three gilt decorative rolls and two gilt stamps.
Binder's stamp on recto of title page, bottom center. Black lettering, 40 mm.: "Bound By Taylor".
The style of tooling on this volume suggests Scottish work, most likely from Edinburgh. Comparison with a binding rubbing made by Hannah D. French at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh--William Robertson, Medical Dissertation, 1783, B.S.A.26 (Binding Archives, BMC)--supports this identification. Ramsden lists a James Taylor active between 1784-1836, UK, pp. 219-220; Burmester, no. 51