Cambridge:: Cambridge University Press, 1929., 1929. // Folio. [xii], 58, [ii] pp. Title-vignette, illus., 55 plates. Original blue cloth, printed dust-jacket, t.e.g.; jacket extremities torn with loss (to edges). Preserved with the original 4-page prospectus plus an added copy of plate 39. Limited edition of 500 copies printed by Walter Lewis at the Cambridge University Press. Hobson was one of the most important historians of European bookbinding in the first half of the 20th century. He "immeasurably advanced the study and the knowledge of historic bookbindings through a series of splendid publications... He developed a method which combined historical research with the autopsy of the holdings of permanent and private collections, and the close study of the tools employed on signed bindings which allowed him to assign those unsigned, but with identical tools, to the binders who had produced them. If the name of the binder was not known, he invented a descriptive sobriquet for him" – Bibliotheca Wittockiana 53. See: Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature, pp. 25, 28. (Inventory #: LV2058)
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