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Rare Fine Bindings Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

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.


Alfred A. Knopf. New York. 1923. FIRST EDITION. 1st printing. Octavo. (8.3 x 5.8 inches). Illustrated with 12 full page mono plates by the author. A bright and clean copy finely bound in recent full black morocco leather. Spine with five raised bands, th...

From Paul Foster Books


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 volume one, and Lord Kitchener in volume two. Illustrated throughout with 56 mono plates, mostly by Angus McNeill of the Seafo...

From Paul Foster Books


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 volumes plus index. Very attractive set in three quarter saddle tan calf leather over marbled boards, slightly raised spine ba...

From Resource Books, LLC


LOT of Stone & Kimball/Herbert S. Stone publications: 200 titles 1st ed. signed by Various

Here is a rare opportunity to own nearly two-thirdsof all publications from the highly-esteemed publishers Stone & Kimball and Herbert S. Stone & Company. This lot consists of 200 individual titles (a few titles are multi-volume sets, so, 208 individual v...

From Zalmoxis Books



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


Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne

This is a handsome, fine binding boxed set of four children's classics by A.A. Milne. The books are beautifully bound in leather by "Bayntun" in Bath, England and feature bright gilt lettering and illustrations on the front covers and spines, decorative e...

From CraigsClassics


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 have five raised bands, red morocco title labels, decoration and volume numbers in gilt. Some marking and slight worming to boards...

From Tarrington Books



Shakespeare and Company. Paris. 1922. FIRST EDITION. Number 811 of a limited edition of 1,000 copies and one of 750 copies printed on handmade paper. There were 100 signed copies on thicker Dutch handmade paper numbered 1 - 100 and 150 large paper copies...

From Paul Foster Books


The Happy Prince. Oscar Wilde. Hand coloured, Printed and Bound by Mikhail Magaril. 1997 by Oscar Wilde

Wilde. Oscar, The Happy Prince. Preface by Morris Jacobs, illustrated by Mikhail Magaril. New York, Summer Garden Editions, 1997. 1st Edition, Fifty copies of this book were printed. The edition is hand coloured, bound and signed by the artist & Morri...

From Roz Hulse


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. Decorated with woodcut engraved ornamental title page and engraved head and tailpieces....

From Paul Foster Books


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 ornamental borders and initials. Finely bound in full olive green morocco with inlays of green and brown leather with ornate gilt w...

From Contact Editions


PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. With a preface by George Saintsbury by AUSTEN. JANE. ; Thomson. Hugh. Illustrates

George Allen. London 1894. FIRST HUGH THOMSON EDITION. The larger, untrimmed issue. 8vo. (7.9 x 5.4 inches). Fully illustrated throughout with 101 fine engravings by Thomson. A bright, clean copy finely bound in recent full dark green morocco, spine with...

From Paul Foster Books


ALICE IN WONDERLAND. With all the original engravings as drawn by Sir John Tenniel by CARROLL. LEWIS. ; Tenniel. John. Illustrates

The Peter Pauper Press. Mount Vernon. New York. ND. c.1960's. Reprint edition. 8vo, (8.6 x 6.1 inches). Illustrated throughout with forty two line engravings by John Tenniel, printed in light brown. Printed in Baskerville type on specially made Canterbur...

From Paul Foster Books



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....

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