English Restoration bookbindings : Samuel Mearne and his contemporaries (catalogue of an exhibition held at the King's Library, British Museum, May-September 1974)
London, British Museum, 1974
(25.5 cm), 48 pp., frontispiece (in colour), 126 black & white plates. Publisher’s cloth. - Catalogue of 126 bindings, chosen either as signed or documented examples, or as the products of identified shops, Howard Nixon’s swansong after thirty-eight years at the British Museum. “His great achievement has been to revive Samuel Mearne as an historical figure, with dates of birth and death, a horoscope, an address and a substantial body of documented work both as a binder and publisher” (from a review by Anthony Hobson, in The Times Literary Supplement, 23 August 1974, p.910). ¶ Fine copy.