Seven Charles Kingsley titles in Truslove & Hanson leather bindings
1897–1900; Poems, Yeast, Hypatia, Westward Ho, Two Years Ago, Hereward the Wake, and Alton Locke
Seven volumes. Hardback, bound in half-leather by Truslove & Hanson of Sloane St, London. Spines with two raised bands and butterfly, birds and flowers in gilt, stylised titling in gilt. Boards in green cloth. Top edge gilt. Each 19 × 12.5cm.
A collection of seven works by Charles Kingsley, there best known here are his historical novels probably Westward Ho, Hypatia and Hereward the Wake. The bindings are by Truslove and Hanson, a firm of booksellers who opened a fashionable bookshop in Sloane Street in Knightsbridge in the 1890s where they gained a reputation for selling bespoke, high-quality bindings. The business ran until 1923 when it was acquired by W H Smiths.
This is an attractive set but each book has some degree of wear. All the spines are evenly faded to a shade of brown from the original green, the gilt work is in good order but faint in places. The spines are rubbed and Hypatia has a small amount of damage at the head of the spine, and a small white mark on the base of the spine. The joints are secure but starting to show some wear. The inner binding are secure, the pages lightly foxed throughout but each remaining in strong readable condition.