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The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge.  16 Volumes Plus Index

The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge. 16 Volumes Plus Index by Edited By George Ripley and Charles A. Dana

New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1873. First edition, published 1873-76, with index published in 1878. Complete in sixteen ...

$1,152.99
THE RIVER WAR. An Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan

THE RIVER WAR. An Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan by CHURCHILL. WINSTON. SPENCER

Longmans, Green & Co. London. 1899. FIRST EDITION. Two volumes. 8vo. (9.3 x 6.5 inches). Portrait frontis of Viscount Cromer in...

£2,750.00
Annabel Lee and Other Poems

Annabel Lee and Other Poems by Poe, Edgar Allan

(London, 1928. Sangorski, Alberto. Small quarto. 33pp. Signed by Alberto Sangorski. A unique manuscript on vellum, designed, il...

$137,500.00
The Works of Shakspere (sic)

The Works of Shakspere (sic) by Shakespeare, William and Knight, Charles (ed.)

New York. Virtue and Yorston. (n.d.) C .1870. Extravagantly bound in the High Victorian style in Publisher's original,decor...

$1,850.00
The Life Work of Henri Rene Guy De Maupassant: Embracing Romance, Travel, Comedy and Verse

The Life Work of Henri Rene Guy De Maupassant: Embracing Romance, Travel, Comedy and Verse by De Maupassant, Guy

New York. M. Walter Dunne. 1903. Attractively bound in 3/4 gilt ruled grain morocco and marbled boards. Gilt tooled spine compa...

$1,500.00
THE MABINOGION, from the Llyfr Coch o Hergest (Red Book of Hergest) and other Ancient Welsh manuscripts, with an English Translation and Notes by Lady Charlotte Guest. [3 Volumes]

THE MABINOGION, from the Llyfr Coch o Hergest (Red Book of Hergest) and other Ancient Welsh manuscripts, with an English Translation and Notes by Lady Charlotte Guest. [3 Volumes] by Guest, Lady Charlotte (Trans.)

London / Llandovery: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans. Printed by William Rees, Llandovery, 1838, 1840, 1849, 1849. Three vol....

CAD $3,000.00
The Waverley Novels

The Waverley Novels by Scott, Sir Walter

Edinburgh. Adam and Charles Black. 1876. Richly bound in full royal blue calf skin. Ornate gilt tooled ruling to covers. Gilt t...

$2,500.00
The Aldine Edition Of The British Poets (52 Volumes)

The Aldine Edition Of The British Poets (52 Volumes)

London: Bell and Daldy , n. d.. Hardcover. Fine Condition. Bound in half blue morocco and marbled boards with the front covers...

$3,700.00
Les Oeuvres de Monsieur Moliere, Reveues, corrigees & augmentees. Enrichies de figures en Taille-douce (8 Volume Set)

Les Oeuvres de Monsieur Moliere, Reveues, corrigees & augmentees. Enrichies de figures en Taille-douce (8 Volume Set) by Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Moliere

Paris: Thierry, Barbin et Trabouillet, 1697. Very Good. 4 x 6.5 inches (10 x 16.5 cm). Full speckled calf bindings, spines hav...

£2,400.00
A STUDY IN SCARLET.

A STUDY IN SCARLET. by DOYLE. ARTHUR CONAN

Ward, Lock & Co. London. 1888. FIRST EDITION in book form of the first Sherlock Holmes novel and the Author's first book. 8vo. ...

£25,000.00
The Poems of William Shakespeare

The Poems of William Shakespeare by SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

Middlesex: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Limited to 510 copies of which this is one of 500 on paper. Printed in red and black with orna...

$20,000.00



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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