The history of bookbinding 525-1950 AD (catalogue of an exhibition in cooperation with the Baltimore Museum of Art, 12 November 1957-12 January 1958)
Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, 1957
(28 cm), xi (1), 275 (3) pp., 106 half-tone plates (reproducing 184 bindings). Errata slip loosely inserted. Publisher’s wrappers. - Brief descriptions and plates of 718 bindings borrowed from numerous libraries, both public and private (119 were lent by Raphaël Esmerian alone, more than the Pierpont Morgan Library and New York Public Library combined). Organised by Dorothy Miner, this was the largest exhibition of bindings since the Burlington Fine Arts Club exhibition of 1891. “Not only the most important exhibition of its kind ever held in the USA but possibly the most important ever held anywhere” (commentary in The Book Collector, Winter 1957, p.341). “Indispensable to anyone interested in bindings” (from a review by Anthony Hobson, in The Times Literary Supplement, 22 August 1958, p.476). H.M. Nixon, “The Baltimore binding exhibition” in The Book Collector, volume 7 (1958), pp.419-426. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.