Der verzierte europäische Einband vor der Renaissance (Meister und Meisterwerke der Buchbinderkunst, Heft 5) View larger
Kyriss (Ernst), 1881-1974

Der verzierte europäische Einband vor der Renaissance (Meister und Meisterwerke der Buchbinderkunst, Heft 5)

Stuttgart, Max Hettler Verlag, 1957
(25 cm), 40 pp., 16 plates. Bound in collector’s blue cloth. - A summary and statistical survey of the author’s Verzierte Gotische Einbände (1951-1958), illustrating the commonest types of tool and roll, and typical designs of bindings from Nuremberg, Augsburg, Erfurt, Cologne, Leipzig and Vienna. As the title implies, it also covers the pre-Romanesque and Romanesque bindings, and the late Gothic bindings of the Netherlands, France, England, Italy and Spain, illustrating one example from each of the first four countries; “But its real value lies in its masterly conclusions on the decorated Gothic bindings of the German-speaking countries on which Dr Kyriss is the supreme authority” (from a review by H.M. Nixon, in The Book Collector, Summer 1958, pp.196-199). ¶ Ownership inscription on endpaper of the bookbinding historian William Smith Mitchell (1908-1982), dated February 1958; his annotations in pencil in margins. Loosely inserted is an offprint of Mitchell’s review of the book (for The Library, volume 13, 1958, pp.213-214). Excellent copy.
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