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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.



The Widow Lerouge. Other Peoples Money. The Honor of the Name ( Bindings, Fine - Vauthain ) by Gaboriau, Emile

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901. Three volumes finely bound in half yellow morocco over marbled boards, the backs with gilt floral decorations and lettering, marbled end papers, top edges gilt, ribbon markers, bindings signed "Vauthain&qu…

From Dale Steffey Books

$450.00


THE FLORENTINE HISTORIE. Written in the Italian tongue, by Nicholo Macchiavelli, Citizen and Secretarie of Florence. And translated into English by T. B. [Thomas Bedingfield] Esquire. by MACHIAVELLI. NICCOLO

Printed by T. C. [Thomas Creede] for W. P. [William Ponsonby]. London. 1595. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Folio. (11.1 x 7.5 inches). x11,222pp. Lacking last, blank, leaf, all text complete. Decorated with woodcut engraved ornamental title page and engraved h…

From Paul Foster Books

£12,750.00


Complete 14 Volume Set Of Little Journeys To The Homes Of The Great by Elbert Hubbard

This Complete Fourteen Volume Set Of Little Journeys To The Homes Of The Great, By Elbert Hubbard, Is The Memorial Edition Dated 1916. These Books Were Printed By The Roycrofters And Published By William H. Wise & Co., New York. The Books Are Bound In A D…

From NW Literature

$800.00


TREASURE ISLAND. by STEVENSON. ROBERT LOUIS

Cassell & Company, Limited. London. 1883. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (7.6 x 5.1 inches). Frontispiece map with the text lines printed in red, blue, and brown. A First edition, early issue that contains the following textual points: "dead man's chest" is not capi…

From Paul Foster Books

£4,500.00


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. (7.3 x 5.1 inches). Published the year before in Beetons Christmas annual. Green & Gibson A1, a.i. (second impression). Publish…

From Paul Foster Books

£25,000.00


The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott (Fine Binding) by Scott, Sir Walter; with an Introduction by Charles Eliot Norton and Biographical Sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole

New York: Thomas Y Crowell & Co., 1894. A lovely example of American fine binding of the time, in full red crushed morocco with floral gilt tooled decorations trailing from corners, ornate floral gilt back, all edges gilt, marbled end papers with exqu…

From Dale Steffey Books

$500.00


The Lady of the Lake by Scott, Sir Walter

Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1863. Book. Illus. by Foster, Birket and Gilbert, John. Near Fine. Hard Cover ( Mauchline ). Reprint. Fine but for some light scratches and scuffs to the Mauchline Ware covers, and traces of wear to extremities of leathe…

From Renaissance Books

CA$350.00


ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. --- & ---THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE. by CARROLL. LEWIS. (The Rev Charles Dodgson). ; Tenniel. John. Illustrates

Macmillan & Co. London. 1927 and 28. TWO VOLUMES. Reprints of the 1907 and 1908 Miniature editions. 8vo, (6.1 x 4.3 inches). Both volumes are beautifully Illustrated throughout, with forty-two and fifty line engravings respectively, by John Tenniel. Tiss…

From Paul Foster Books

£975.00


THE SECOND WORLD WAR. by CHURCHILL. WINSTON. S

Cassell & Co. ltd. London. 1948-54. FIRST EDITION. First impression. Six volumes. 8vo. Illustrated throughout with maps and plans, many folding. A bright, clean set, which has been finely bound in recent full dark blue morocco leather. The spines with rai…

From Paul Foster Books

£2,250.00


ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. --- & --- THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE. by CARROLL. LEWIS. ; Tenniel. John. Illustrates

Macmillan & Co. London. 1877 + 1873. TWO VOLUMES. EARLY EDITIONS. 8vo, (7.5 x 5.2 inches). Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Fifty fifth Thousand), Through the Looking Glass (Thirty eighth Thousand). Both volumes Illustrated throughout, with forty and fif…

From Paul Foster Books

£950.00


The HOLY BIBLE: Containing the Old and New Testaments, Translated Out of the Original Tongues, with Cruden's Complete Concordance ,...Comprehensive Bible Dictionary ...2000 Illustrative Engravings on Steel, Wood, and in Colors by Rev. Alfred Nevin, Rev. John Eadie, et al

Philadelphia/ Columbus, Ohio : Bradley Garretson & Co./ Wm. Garretson & Co. , 1882. Ornately bound in full deeply embossed calf with ornate gilt decorations front and back covers, lavishly gilt decorated back, moire silk end papers, all edges gil…

From Dale Steffey Books

$900.00


SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM. A Triumph. by LAWRENCE. T. E

Jonathan Cape. London. 1935. FIRST TRADE EDITION. 4to. Illustrated throughout with portraits, maps, plans and line drawings. Finely bound in recent full tan morocco, raised bands, gilt. Twin red labels, gilt. Single gilt decorative roll border on boards.…

From Paul Foster Books

£650.00


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). Complete eight volume set. Full speckled calf leather bindings. Spines have five raised bands, red morocco title labels, compartments ornately decorated in gilt. Some…

From Tarrington Books

£2,400.00


PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. by AUSTEN. JANE. ; BROCK. C. E. Illustrates

Macmillan and Co. London. 1899. Early edition, reprint of the first Brock edition which was issued in 1895. 8vo. (7.9 x 5.5 inches). Forty full page illustrations by Brock. Tissue paper guard over frontis is a bit foxed otherwise a very good bright copy …

From Paul Foster Books

£675.00


Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama by E. Cobham Brewer

New York: Selmar Hess, 1892. Revised American Edition.. Full-Leather. very good Plus. A.E. Abbey. Copyright date is 1892, Revised American Edition, Four Volumes. Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama: A Revised American Edition of the Re…

From mclinhavenbooks

$425.00


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