Bernard Quaritch's Catalogue: Examples of the Art of Book-Binding and Volumes Bearing Marks of Distinguished Ownership Offered at the Net Prices Affixed
by Quaritch, Bernard
London: Bernard Quaritch, 1897. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Folio. 172 pp., 858 items described. With 22 chromolithograph plates of bindings. Modern neat brown cloth (NOT ex-library). Still valuable for tracing the provenance of notable bindings. While technically a "bookseller's catalogue," this awe-inspiring tome commences with a perfect copy of the Mazarine (Gutenberg) Bible, laughably cheap at GBP 4000, followed by these special sections: 1. English and Scottish Bindings, A. D. 1160-1880. 2. Flemish and Dutch Bindings, 1300-1800. 3. German Bindings, 1430-1790. 4. Spanish bindings, 1250-1776. 5. Italian Bindings, 1460-1786. 6. French bindings, 1510-1880. 7. Oriental Bindings, 1500-1600. 8. Books upon binding. The Grolier Club has only the 1897 edition which lacks all the chromolithographs and consists of only 158 pp., thereby lacking the three indespensible indexes on pp. 159-172. The University of Michigan copy of the 1897 edition has been digitized and is available online, but as it is completely unillustrated, and has no indexes, its utility is negligable.
Breslauer, Uses of Bookbinding Literature, p. 24.
(Inventory #: 2001)
Fine and rare books in all fields; early printed books and manuscripts; literary manuscripts and archives; historical documents; curious ephemera; historic bookbindings, antiquarian bibliography, and illustrated books of every description.
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