|Binding in green morocco for Thomas Browne, Religio Medici (vellum copy)|
The vellum Religio Medici is bound in green morocco with repeated LH monogram and bird tool on the covers. The description says it is a copy in 'brown' morocco, but only the spine and parts of the covers are browned; one can clearly see that it used to be a full green binding. The discolouration is probably why the book has not sold. The book is a large octavo - height is more than 30 centimetres - and the scale of the browning is too bad.
Also, the decoration is not typical for Ricketts. From the letters that were auctioned last time, one may conclude that this design was prompted by the collector. It is much more Hodson's design than it is Ricketts's. A similarly designed copy of The Rubayat of Omar Khayyam, however, did find a buyer last time (for £2450), but that has always been a popular text.
The Browne is described as lot 172. The estimate is £1500-2000 - which is £1000 less than in the Hodson sale.
[Note, 18 December 2013: The Browning, again, remained unsold at auction; the Browne, however, was sold for £2200.]