Gothic and Renaissance bookbindings exemplified and illustrated from the author's collection
London, Boston & New York, Ernest Benn Ltd / Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928
Two volumes (29.5 cm), I: (10) 369 (1) pp., frontispiece (in colour), 2 black & white plates (lettered A-B). II: viii, 112 plates, numbered 1-10, 10a, 11-12, 12a, 13-110 (plate 17 folding; plates 68, 85-86 in colour). Uniform publisher’s grey cloth. - Original edition of the author’s descriptive catalogue of his collection (introduction, followed by 268 entries). Mirjam Foot’s judgment in 1972 that it is “still indispensable for any student of bookbinding” is no less true today (in The Book Collector, Summer 1972, p.279). ¶ Gift inscription on endpaper, from Jacques Vellekoop (proprietor of E.P. Goldschmidt & Co. Ltd) to Robin Halwas, dated 11 October 1978; otherwise an unmarked copy. Colour frontispiece in volume I lightly offset onto title-page opposite; plate 29 loosening in volume and edges slightly abraded. Corners of binding lightly rubbed. Lacks dust jackets.