Vorstelijke Boekbanden uit de Koninklijke Bibliotheek : een tentoonstelling van gesigneerde 19e-eeuwse banden, voor het merendeel geschonken aan en door de Nederlandse Koningen (catalogue of an exhibition held at the Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum / Museum van het Boek, The Hague, 10 February-2 April 1978)
The Hague, Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum, 1978
(27 cm), 83 pp., illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Catalogue for an exhibition of “princely” (sumptuous) 19th-century bindings, mostly made in the Netherlands, and presented to kings Willem I, II, and III, who donated them to the Koninklijke Bibliotheek – generally in the same year as their presentation. “The catalogue is of value chiefly as documentation of a period in which, certainly as regards bookbinding in the Netherlands, very little research has been done. In the past, the biographical details of binders have been available only through the good offices of municipal archives, and it is now very pleasant to have them all together in a much more easily consulted form. The eight illustrations are well chosen and the index of binders will lighten the burden on many a researcher” (from a notice in Quaerendo, volume 8, 1978, p.273). ¶ Very good copy.