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Fine Bindings

Part of what makes antiquarian books so collectible are their fine and delicate bindings, and the tradition of book binding has come a long way since the clay tablets and palm fronds of the ancient world. After binders moved from clay and palm leaves, they began binding sheets of vellum, or calf skin. The sheets were bound with wooden boards and then connected with strips of leather. As the art of bookbinding became much more accepted, certain binders began to attach precious gemstones and metals in the bindings themselves. Although many of these books were destroyed because looters wanted to steal the gems, there are still a few books that remain with these rare and unique bindings. Of course, there are other types of fine bindings as well. Long-stitch bookbinding can still be found today in many types of journals. Long-stitch bindings feature the sewing together of sections of a book. It originated in Germany in the medieval era and has been used ever since. Similarly, Ethiopian bookbinding features a chain-stitch sewing method that uses two needles. Interestingly, though the covers were the typical wooden boards, they were left uncovered and often unadorned. Books with fine bindings are themselves works of art, and they bring added value and color to any collection. Whether book collectors choose to focus on one type of binding or whether they wish to embrace the wide diversity of bindings, any of these books would greatly enhance their collection.

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QUALITY STREET. A comedy in four acts

QUALITY STREET. A comedy in four acts

by THOMSON, HUGH. Illustrates. ; BARRIE. J. M

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Hardcover
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Hodder and Stoughton. London. 1913. LIMITED DELUXE EDITION, SIGNED BY THE ARTIST. One of 1000 numbered copies. 4to.(12.5 x 10.3 inches). 22 mounted colour plates, each with a printed tissue guard. Publishers full vellum binding with elaborate gilt decoration to front board,within double gilt and triple blue ruled borders. Spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Top edge gilt,others untrimmed. As often with these deluxe editions the silk ties are missing from the boards. Overall a very good copy of this highly decorative and beautiful book.
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MANSFIELD PARK. With an introduction by Austin Dobson
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MANSFIELD PARK. With an introduction by Austin Dobson

by AUSTEN. JANE. ; Thomson. Hugh. Illustrates

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Used
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Hardcover
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Macmillan and Co. London. 1908. Reprint. 8vo.(7.7 x 5.3 inches). 40 full page line illustrations. A very good copy bound in fine quality early twentieth century leather binding. Half red calf. Spine with raised bands, twin brown labels and compartments fully gilt. Red cloth on boards. Red marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Binding by Young and Sons of Liverpool. Aside from some minor rubbing to the edges this is a very good, clean copy of this classic, beautifully illustrated, edition in an attractive fine early binding.:
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La Chasse de Kaa
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La Chasse de Kaa

by KIPLING, Rudyard

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Used
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Limited Edition
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Sydney, New South Wales
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Paris: Javal and Bordeaux, 1930. Limited Edition. JOUVE, Paul. Illustrated by one of the leading painters in France, this superb work brings Kipling's classic Jungle Book story into the realm of fine 20th century French publishing. Limited edition of 125 copies, bound in snakeskin-style folding case, protected by matching slipcase (some wear), 340 mm x 265 mm, 130 unbound pages as issued, 21 plates, printed on imperial Japan paper, an excellent copy.
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THE NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE FAMILY BIBLE THE HOLY BIBLE
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THE NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE FAMILY BIBLE THE HOLY BIBLE

by John Eadie

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Used
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Hardcover
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Foligno (PG), Italy
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GILPIN & COMPANY . Bella edizione di fine ottocento di questa Bibbia familiare molto in voga in Inghilterra durante l'epoca Vittoriana. <BR><BR>Edizione curata dal Reverendo John Eadie.<BR><BR>Testo inglese con commento di Scott ed Henry contenente numerose note esplicative e critiche selezionate dai grandi autori.<BR><BR>Nella prima parte numerose pagine (mai compilate) con il registro della famiglia, matrimoni, nomi dei figli, morti, galleria dei ritratti di famiglia.<BR><BR>Frontespizio figurato coperto da velina e 25 planches coperte da velina incise da Laplante, Pisan su disegno di Gustave Dore e planches colorate.<BR><BR>Copertina in piena pelle con disegni a rilievo e decorazioni in oro. Borchie di metallo agli angoli e fermagli di chiusura. <BR><BR>In buone condizioni.<BR>Copertina in piena pelle a quattro nervi con titolo in oro al dorso in discrete condizioni generali con lievi usure ai margini e dorso.… Read More
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La Vie Litteraire, in Three Volumes
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La Vie Litteraire, in Three Volumes

by France, Anatole

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Used - Near Fine
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First Edition Thus
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Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Paris: Calmann-Levy, Editeurs, 1930. 3 volumes, Vols. 1-3, published 1930, '31, and '32. #532 of 1500 copies printed. Beautifully rebound in Art Deco quarter purple morocco over marbled paper covered boards, gilt rules and geometric gilt design at backs, top edges gilt, the binding signed Suz. Sabatier. With the Guy Arnaux -designed bookplates of Armand Massard front end page each volume. Armand Massard was the Olympic champion fencing multi-medalist who held the presidency of the French Olympic Committee for 34 years and was also first vice president of the International Olympic Committee. The set Near Fine, small rubs at tips. . First Edition Thus. Quarter- Morocco. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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Caricature and Other Comic Art in All Times and Many Lands
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Caricature and Other Comic Art in All Times and Many Lands

by Parton, James

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Used - Near Fine
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1877. SCARCE in fine contemporary binding signed Tout ( of London), half black crushed morocco over marbled boards with gilt rules, matching marbled end pages, the back richly gilt, top edge gilt, silk page marker. With 203 wonderfully funny illustrations. Near Fine, light rubbing to morocco. 340 + 7 pp. publisher's ads. . First Edition. Half Morocco. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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The History of Court Fools
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The History of Court Fools

by Doran, Dr. ( John)

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Used - Very Good
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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London: Richard Bentley, 1858. Nicely bound in contemporary full polished calf, back ornately gilt with red morocco label lettered in gilt, marbled end papers and edges, Very Good, small tear to calf at head of spine, edges of covers a bit rubbed, a handsome and clean copy. of this SCARCE title. . First Edition. Full Calf. Very Good/No Jacket, As Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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A History of the Protestant Reformation, in England and Ireland . in a series of letters,...
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A History of the Protestant Reformation, in England and Ireland . in a series of letters, Addressed to all sensible and just Englishmen, in Two Volumes

by Cobbett, William

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Used - Near Fine
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First Royal 8vo Edition
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Hardcover
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London: The Author, 1829. Originally printed and published separately between 1824 and 1826, this edition published by the author himself in 1829. This book from the library of Richard Lane Freer, Archdeacon of Hereford, with his bookplates front paste downs as well as smaller labels of the Pull Court Library. Finely bound in contemporary full polished blue calf, backs ornately gilt stamped, page block edges dyed pale red. Near Fine, joints showing light wear, corners a bit rubbed, light toning to end papers. This edition SCARCE, especially so in lovely binding. . First Royal 8vo Edition. Full Calf. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. Royal Octavo.
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A New and Literal Translation of Juvenal and Persius; with Copious Explanatory Notes, By Which...
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A New and Literal Translation of Juvenal and Persius; with Copious Explanatory Notes, By Which These Difficult Satirists are Rendered Easy and Familiar to the Reader. A New Edition, in Two Volumes ( Bound Two Volumes in One )

by The Rev. M. Madan

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Used - Near Fine
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New Edition
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Hardcover
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Printed by and for Bliss and Baxter : Oxford , 1813. Handsomely bound in full red polished calf, black morocco label lettered in gilt, back decorated in gilt, end papers and edges in matched marbling. 307, 344 pp. Near Fine, boards lightly rubbed, scattered light toning. SCARCE.. New Edition. Polished Calf. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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Voltairiana. In Four Volumes ( Four Bound in Two )
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Voltairiana. In Four Volumes ( Four Bound in Two )

by Voltaire; Selected and Translated from the French by Mary Julia Young

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Used - Very Good Plus
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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London: Printed by D. N. Shury for J. F. Hughes , 1805. RARE. Twelvemo printing, 6 3/4" x 4 1/2", four volumes bound in two. In contemporary half vellum over marbled boards, the backs with red morocco labels lettered in gilt and richly ornate gilt tooled decorations, marbled end papers, top edges gilt. Very Good Plus, 3/8" chip to top edge of rear cover Vol. I & II, light soiling to vellum. Bindings tight, interiors clean and fresh. . First Edition. Half Vellum. Very Good Plus/No Jacket, As Issued. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.
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Theologia naturalis; sive, Liber creaturarum specialiter de homine et de natura ejus in quantum...
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Theologia naturalis; sive, Liber creaturarum specialiter de homine et de natura ejus in quantum homo: et de his que sunt ei necessaria ad cognoscendum seipsum et Deum, et omne debitum ad quod homo tenetur et obligatur tam Deo quam proximo.

by De Sabunde, Raymundus (Raimundus Sabundus, Raymond of Sebonde or Ramon Sibiuda, Catalan scholar, c.1385-1436)

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Used - Fine
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Hardcover
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Strasbourg: Argentinae: Ex officina Martini Flach junioris, 1501. Half leather. Fine. Folio, printed in Strassburg by Martin Flach, 7 February 1501; 161 unnumbered leaves. BINDING: new Gothic hand-sewn oak binding by Arthur Green of Malvern; tawed quarter leather over quarter-sawn oak boards, quires hand-sewn on four double-cords creating four raised spine bands, board leather blind-tooled with period style rosettes and fleurs-de-lys within panel of diagonal blind triple fillets, hand-sewn Gothic double headbands of alternate hand-dyed indigo and undyed linen thread, hand-made brass hasps and clasps ornamented in period style; an exceptionally attractive recreation of a Gothic hand-sewn binding employing medieval techniques contemporaneous with the date the book was printed. COLLATION: [pi]6, a2-8, b-y6, z8, zeta6, antisigma8; leaf a1 excised and subsequent first few lines of a2[recto] redacted in black ink in the sixteenth century by the inquisitor for its heretical content (see below). TEXT: Double… Read More
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Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, (Complete). From the Twelfth London Edition....
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Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, (Complete). From the Twelfth London Edition. Illustrated

by Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

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Used - Near Fine
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First Edition Thus
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Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Troy, New York: NIms and Knight, 1887. Uncommon edition, and SCARCE in such lovely condition. In publisher's original marigold cloth with intricate floral embossed background surrounding author's name on gilt field and her portrait, gilt spine. sweet floral end papers, all edges gilt. vi, 520 pages. Near Fine, lovely period gift inscription front end page, light rubs at spine ends, title page evenly browned due to tissue guard. A gorgeous copy indeed. . First Edition Thus. Embossed Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. Tall 8vo.
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PETER AND WENDY.
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PETER AND WENDY.

by BARRIE. J. M; BEDFORD. F. D. Illustrates

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Used
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Hardcover
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Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. London. No Date. circa 1922. EARLY EDITION, with extra colour plate. 8vo. (7.5 x 6 inches). Complete, and with one more illustration than the original 1911 edition. Full colour illustrated frontispiece mounted onto grey art paper and with a tissue guard, decorative mono title page and twelve full page mono plates by Bedford. Internally this is a very good, bright and clean copy, in an attractive early half leather binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, of London, for E. P. Dutton & Company, New York. Half dark green calf. Spine with raised bands, each with gilt piping. Compartments fully decorated and ruled in gilt. Twin burgundy labels, ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt. Marbled paper on boards. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Off white silk bookmark. Rubbing to the outer layer of the leather on the binding edges, particularly the hinge on the lower board, but both hinges still firm and strong and still an attractive binding. A good looking copy of this classic title,… Read More
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Finnegans Wake
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Finnegans Wake

by Joyce, James

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New
Edition
First Edition; hors commerce
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Hardcover
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Ballydehob, Cork
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First Edition. New. One of 24 hors commerce copies of the Special Issue. The first critically emended and completely reset edition of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake since its original publication in 1939. Edited by Danis Rose and John O'Hanlon, designed by Martino Mardersteig, set in the Dante Val typeface, and printed offset and bound by Stamperia Valdonega, Verona for Houyhnhnm Press, Dublin. This First Edition is limited to a Special Issue consisting of 26 Lettered, 150 Numbered and 24 Hors Commerce copies printed on Magnani Mould made paper and hardbound in black calfskin; and a Trade Issue of 800 copies printed on Arcoprint and hardbound in black Imitlin and presented in a grey card slipcase.
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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. And what Alice found there.
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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. And what Alice found there.

by CARROLL. LEWIS. ; Tenniel. John. Illustrates

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Used
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Hardcover
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Macmillan and Co. Limited. London. 1894. The Peoples edition. Twenty-third thousand. 8vo. (7.3 x 4.9 inches). Illustrated with fifty line illustrations by John Tenniel. Some foxing to the plain tissue paper guard over the frontispiece and a few minor spots throughout but overall a very clean and bright copy in a fine late 19th century leather binding. Full red calf, the spine with five raised bands, each with double rope design in gilt. Compartments ruled and fully decorated in gilt. Dark green morocco title label, gilt. Leaf and rose roll gilt borders on boards. Decorative gilt design on board edges. Decorative blind stamped inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. Red silk page marker bound in. Grantham School arms stamped on the front board in gilt. Previous owners neat name stamp to top of the first leaf after title page. Aside from a small area of loss to the leather on the front board and another on the lower spine hinge this is a very good copy in a fine quality leather binding.… Read More
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