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Bibliographies, general studiesThere are 10 items

  • Thoinan (Ernest), pseudonym of Antoine Ernest Roquet, 1827-1894

    Paris, É. Paul, L. Huard, & Guillemin, 1893
    (33 cm), (2) vii (1), 416 pp., with 32 plates (1 folding), text illustrations. Title-page printed in red & black with ornament in colours. Contemporary morocco-backed marbled boards. - “An alphabetical list of binders, with an étude sur les styles de reliure, 185 pages, based on original research and much more scientific than most work of that period” (G.D. Hobson, “Books on Bookbinding” in The Book-collector’s Quarterly, volume 7, July-September 1932, p.72). The “Biographie critique” (pp.[189]-406) includes notices of writers on bookbinding. “Cet ouvrage a été tiré à six cent cinquante exemplaires numérotés, savoir 20 exemplaires sur papier des manufactures impériales du Japon [numbered from] 1 à 20; 80 exemplaires sur papier vélin du Marais [numbered from] 21 à 100; 550 exemplaires sur beau papier vélin mécanique [numbered from] 101 à 650. Les cent premiers exemplaires ont été tirés sur format in-4° de façon a pouvoir être illustrés de planches de reliures” (verso of half-title). ¶ This is a superb, unmarked copy of the best issue, printed on papier Japon (no. 7).
  • Mejer (Wolfgang), born 1897

    Leipzig, Karl W. Hiersemann, 1925
    (26 cm), 208 pp. Publisher’s plain wrappers. - “Despite its publication date, still an excellent bibliography on the subject, with 2,691 entries arranged alphabetically under broad subject headings such as Allgemeines (general works), Geschichte (historical studies), and Technik. The listing of books and articles is international in scope and provides full bibliographic information, but the entries generally lack annotation. Useful even for non-German speakers” (Joseph Rosenblum, A Bibliographic history of the book: an annotated guide to the Literature, Metuchen, NJ, 1995, p.173). ¶ Small piece torn from wrapper; otherwise a fine copy.
  • Helwig (Hellmuth), 1911-1979

    Hamburg, Maximilian-Gesellschaft, 1953-1955
    Three volumes (30.5 cm), 226 (2) pp., illustrations (pp.161-192); 354 (2) pp.; 159 (1) pp. Uniform publisher’s blue cloth. - The encyclopaedic Handbuch der Einbandkunde by the Mannheim librarian Hellmuth Helwig contains many sections of enduring utility, among them those dealing with the history of bookbinding collecting, the characteristics of spurious bindings and techniques for recognising them, the bibliography of European bookbinders, and “Verzeichnis der Supralibros” (in volume II). Parts of the work were incorporated in the author’s general surveys Das Deutsche Buchbinderhandwerk (1962-1965) and Einführung in die Einbandkunde (1970), and in Einbandfälschungen: Imitation, Fälschung und Verfälschung historischer Bucheinbände (1968). Edition of 900 copies. ¶ From the auction sale of the Handbibliothek L’Art Ancien, Zürich, conducted by F. Zisska & R. Kistner, Munich, 27-28 March 1984, lot 410. Spines light-stained, few light marks on upper cover of volume III; internally a fine, unmarked copy.
  • Schmidt-Künsemüller (Friedrich Adolf), 1910-1993

    Frankfurt am Main, Buchhändler-Vereinigung, 1967
    (30 cm), Publisher’s printed wrappers. Stapled. - A ballon d’essai for the author’s Bibliographie zur Geschichte der Einbandkunst von den Anfängen bis 1985 (Wiesbaden 1987). Offprint from Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens, volume 55 (1967), pp.35-112 (also published in Börsenblatt für den deutschen Buchhandel, Frankfurter Ausgabe, No. 2, 6 January 1967). ¶ Good, unmarked copy.
  • Devaux (Yves), born 1942

    Paris, Pygmalion / Gérard Watelet, 1981
    (30 cm), 398 pp., profusely illustrated, including [10] leaves of plates (some in colour). Publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy. Short tear in dust jacket (1 cm).
  • Colin (Georges), born 1927, editor

    Aubel, Librairie P.M. Gason, 1984
    (30.5 cm), 437 (4) pp., illustrations. Publisher’s green cloth. - Fifteen essays in French, English, and German on the history of bookbinding, including Anthony Hobson (Two early sixteenth-century binder’s shops in Rome), Paul Morgan (Some notes on English blind-stamped panels), Mirjam Foot (Some bookbinders’ price lists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries), Giles Barber (Le vocabulaire français de la reliure au dix-huitième siècle), and A.I. Doyle (Medieval blind-stamped bindings associated with Durham Cathedral Priory). ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy. Prospectus loosely inserted.
  • Pollard ([Henry] Graham), 1903-1976; Potter (Esther), 1919-2013

    Oxford, Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1984
    (25 cm), xxv, 60 pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.
  • Breslauer (Bernard H.), 1918-2004

    New York, Book Arts Press / Columbia University (printed at the Meriden-Stinehour Press), 1986
    (24 cm), 44 pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - First edition. “Lecture delivered on Monday, 23 July 1984 at Columbia University as part of a series of public lectures sponsored by the Rare Book School and by the Friends of the Book Arts Press of the School of Library Service” (Preface). “The uses of bookbinding literature is at once an invaluable beginner’s guide and a considered meditation on the subject by one of its masters. No one should miss it” (from a notice in The Book Collector, Autumn 1986, pp.370-371). ¶ Author’s presentation inscription on half-title, dated 5 July 1986.
  • Hobson (Anthony R.A.), 1921-2014

    Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1989
    (30.5 cm), xix, 296 pp., 5 colour plates, 198 black & white illustrations. Publisher’s cloth, printed dust jacket. - A revision of a series of lectures delivered at the Pierpont Morgan Library in 1979. In the first part, Hobson challenges E.P. Goldschmidt’s theory that the Islamic invention of gold-tooling was introduced to Europe through Naples, drawing attention to the practice of gold-tooling at Florence in the first decade of the Quattrocento, and to seven Paduan bindings of the 1460s and 1470s. Once established in Padua and Venice, gold-tooled bindings became the preferred cover for humanist books acquired by collectors all over Europe. In the next part, Hobson is concerned with various groups of bindings featuring classical ornament, including a group of thirteen decorated with aedicules, and others incorporating images taken from medallions and plaquettes, and with the spread of these bindings outside of Italy. The concluding part is on the bindings of the Fontainebleau library, and its creative genius, Gommar Estienne, appointed binder to the king in 1550. Analytical review by Jan Storm van Leeuwen, in Quaerendo 23 (1993), pp.44-51. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
  • Hobson (Anthony R.A), 1921-2014
    Rhodes (Dennis E.), 1923-2020, editor

    Verona, Edizioni Valdonega, 1994
    (25 cm), 365 (1) pp., illustrations. Publisher’s cloth, printed dust jacket. - Essays by Nicolas Baker (Anthony Robert Alwyn Hobson), Manfred von Arnim (Grolier bindings in the Otto Schäfer Library), Giles Barber (From Baroque to Neoclassicism: French eighteenth-century bindings at Oxford), Elly Cockx-Indestege (On the history of bookbinding in the Low Countries: a glimpse of Prosper Verheyden and his correspondents c. 1900-1947), Georges Colin (Les marques de libraires et d’éditeurs dorées sur des reliures), Mirjam M. Foot (Un grand duc, immortel à la postérité [Anne, duc de Montmorency, c. 1493-1567]), Lotte Hellinga (Peter Schoeffer and the book-trade in Mainz: evidence for the organization), Bent Juel-Jensen (Three Ethiopian bindings), Piccarda Quilici (Legature del [Francesco] Piccolpasso e legature viscontee nella Biblioteca Ambrosiana di Milano), Dennis E. Rhodes (Some English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish book-collectors in Italy, 1467-1850), David J. Shaw (Books belonging to William Warham, archdeacon of Canterbury, c. 1504-1532), Jan Storm van Leeuwen (Some observations on Dutch publishers bindings up to 1800), Jeanne Veyrin-Forrer (Notes sur Thomas Mahieu), and Dennis E. Rhodes (Bibliography of A.R.A. Hobson: the published works up to the end of July 1993). ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.