London bookbinders 1780-1840
London, B.T. Batsford, 1987
(25.5 cm), xiv, 155 (1) pp., 40 illustrations. Publisher’s green cloth, printed dust jacket. - Intended as a supplement and continuation of Ellic Howe’s A List of London Bookbinders, 1648-1815 (1950), which had been based largely on the records of the Stationers’ Company. “Mr Howe’s interest in bookbinding has always leaned towards craft history and trade organization, while Mr Ramsden’s leaning has always been towards linking his lists with the development of bookbinding as an art, and thus with actual specimens of the art. This is not an easy task…” (from a review by Maurice Craig of the original edition, in The Book Collector, Autumn 1956, pp.285-287). Biographical details for some 1500 London binders are supplied. The plates reproduce exclusively bindings in the author’s own collection (cf. Howard Nixon’s review, in The Times Literary Supplement, 7 September 1956, p.532). Reprint of the 1956 edition. ¶ Excellent copy.