(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.-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).
(23 cm), (2), 329 pp., text illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Describes briefly 325 bindings in the Victoria & Albert Museum Library and also 915 rubbings made by Weale. ¶ Lacking volume l (Introduction) published in 1898. Wrapper very worn, especially across the back, with small pieces missing. Sewing loosening.
(24 cm), pp.345-468 (continues pagination of Heft 1), plates 76-145 (1 in colour, several folding). Items 707-1146; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Catalogue of German (item nos. 707-931), English (nos. 933-955), French (956-1085), Italian (1086-1125), other European (and non-Western) bookbindings (1126-1142), reference books (143-1146). Includes Adolf Schmidt, “Zwei Frankfurter Buchbinder zu Ende des sechzehnten Jahrhunderts”, describing the bindings of Thomas Drechsler (Drexel) and Velten Fischer (plates 76-77). ¶ Paper worn across spine; otherwise a well-preserved copy.
Utrecht, Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Bibliothecarissen en Bibliotheekamtenaren, 1921
(24.5 cm), (8) 59 (1) pp., 40 numbered illustrations (20 leaves, printed both sides). Publisher’s printed wrappers. - “An excellent and detailed little work on the stamped bindings in the University Library of Utrecht which much enriches our knowledge of Low Country binders, about 280 stamps, 40 rolls, and 20 panel stamps being illustrated. The authors have based their work on documents, and have taken great pains to record the provenance of the bindings described” (Strickland Gibson, “Recent books on binding” in The Library, series 4, volume 3, 1922, p.138). ¶ Spine neatly reinforced with cloth. Bookseller’s label on upper wrapper: B.H. Blackwell Ltd.
Two parts in one volume (25 cm), I (16 March 1925): vi, 80 pp., 12 leaves of plates (upper and lower covers of lot 15; lots 36, 43, 46, 59, 85, 112, 117, 147; upper and lower covers of lot 178). 185 lots. II (17-19 March 1925): (2) 106 pp., 8 leaves of plates (lots 91, 181, 406, 432/461, 520, 92/590, 586/587, 289/668). 822 lots. Morocco-backed boards, a collector’s binding (original wrappers bound in). - Catalogue of the collection of early English bindings assembled by E. Gordon Duff (1863-1924), at one time librarian of the John Rylands Library, prepared by G.D. Hobson using Duff’s own descriptive slips (bequeathed with his other papers to Cambridge University; MS Add. 8591-8632). “This liberal interpretation of an auctioneer’s duty toward the proper presentment of an exceptional collection has made the Sotheby’s catalogue of the Gordon Duff sale one of the most valuable reference works on early English binding” (E.P. Goldschmidt, “The Study of early bookbinding” in The Bibliographical Society 1892-1942: studies in retrospect, London 1949, p.179). Although all books were sold as bindings, not subject to return on account of textual deficiencies, the sale realised an unexpectedly high total of £8099. The top price, £601, was paid for a 13th century vellum manuscript of the Bible, illuminated by a Northern French artist; knocked-down to Maggs, it soon entered the Olschki stock, and in 1927 was purchased by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (Ms W. 61). ¶ Fine, unmarked copy.
London, Boston & New York, Ernest Benn Ltd / Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928
Two volumes (29 cm), I: (10) 369 (1) pp., frontispiece (in colour), 2 black & white plates (lettered A-B). II (Plates): x [pp.ix-x: List of Photographs], 112 plates, numbered 1-10, 10a, 11-12, 12a, 13-110 (plate 17 folding; plates 68, 85-86 in colour), and 50 mounted photographs. Uniform publisher’s brown cloth. - First edition, limited to 750 copies. This is one of 50 copies of the “Edition de Luxe”, containing 50 mounted photographic plates not included in the trade issue, and a presentation copy, inscribed by E.P. Goldschmidt to Stephen Gaselee, Pepys Librarian (1908-1919) and Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge (1909-1943). In a tipped-in letter from Goldschmidt to Gaselee (dated 9 December 1927), Goldschmidt declares this to be “the very first copy that comes from the binder”. Two other presentation copies of the book are known to the writer: one was inscribed by Goldschmidt to Hugh William Davies, cataloguer for the London booksellers W.J. Leighton, “with best thanks for help and advice from the author” (with Jonathan Hill, Catalogue 8, 1982, item 145); the other to Alice Parsons Millard, collector and proprietor of George M. Millard Rare & Fine Imported Books, Los Angeles (in 1984-1985 with Jennifer S. Larson, Yerba Buena Books, San Francisco). “A catalogue raisonné of the author’s own Collection, with a preface of 126 pages on fifteenth and sixteenth-century bindings generally… The descriptions of the individual books are models of their kind. Goldschmidt indeed deserves to be called the Robert Proctor of bookbindings. He has done far more than anybody else… to put the study of the subject on the right lines” (G.D. Hobson, “Books on Bookbinding” in The Book-collector’s Quarterly, volume 7, July-September 1932, p.71). “One of the classics on the subject, extremely readable and based on the author’s immense knowledge of the book-trade in the 16th century” (Anthony R.A. Hobson, The Literature of bookbinding, London: National Book League, 1954, p.10); “A work of immense learning which has had a lasting influence on binding studies” (B.H. Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature, New York 1986, p.27). ¶ Exlibris of Harry Richardson Creswick (1902-1988), Cambridge University Librarian (1949-1967). Superb copy.
London, Boston & New York, Ernest Benn Ltd / Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928
Two volumes (29.5 cm), I: (10) 369 (1) pp., frontispiece (in colour), 2 black & white plates (lettered A-B). II: viii, 112 plates, numbered 1-10, 10a, 11-12, 12a, 13-110 (plate 17 folding; plates 68, 85-86 in colour). Uniform publisher’s grey cloth. - Original edition of the author’s descriptive catalogue of his collection (introduction, followed by 268 entries). Mirjam Foot’s judgment in 1972 that it is “still indispensable for any student of bookbinding” is no less true today (in The Book Collector, Summer 1972, p.279). ¶ Gift inscription on endpaper, from Jacques Vellekoop (proprietor of E.P. Goldschmidt & Co. Ltd) to Robin Halwas, dated 11 October 1978; otherwise an unmarked copy. Colour frontispiece in volume I lightly offset onto title-page opposite; plate 29 loosening in volume and edges slightly abraded. Corners of binding lightly rubbed. Lacks dust jackets.
Six parts, bound in two volumes (28.5 cm), I (7-9 May 1930): (4) ix (1), 64 (2) pp., portrait-frontispiece,  leaves of plates (some double-page). Lots numbered 1-250. II (6-8 May 1931): (4) 183 (1) pp.,  leaves of plates (some double-page). Lots numbered 251-705. III (7-9 May 1935): vi, 60 (2) pp., colour frontispiece,  leaves of plates (some in colour, some double-page). Lots numbered 706-947. IV (5-7 May 1936): (4) 60 (2) pp., colour frontispiece,  leaves of plates (some in colour). Lots numbered 948-1204. V (19-21 May 1937): (4) 155 (3) pp., colour frontispiece,  leaves of plates (one in colour), text illustrations (some red & black). Lots numbered 1205-1611. VI (4-6 May 1938): (4) 113 (3) pp., colour frontispiece,  leaves of plates (some in colour, some folding), text illustrations. Lots numbered 1612-2091. Uniformly bound in two volumes (vol. 1: parts I-II; vol. 2: parts III-VI) in collector’s modern half-morocco (original wrappers discarded). - The posthumous sales of the private library of the great bookseller Édouard Rahir. Rahir had been apprenticed, aged sixteen, at Morgand and Fatout, and after Morgand’s death in 1898 he carried on the business, as “Édouard Rahir et Cie”, supported by the Rothschild bank (Rahir had paid out the Rothschilds by 1903). Rahir’s stock at the time of his retirement was sold anonymously in 1927-1929, and on 7 May 1930 began the series of six sales of his personal library, as “La Bibliothèque de feu Édouard Rahir, ancien libraire”, as Rahir had mandated, “for he had no respect for the retired bookseller who tends to forget that he has ever been in trade” (Arthur Rau, “Édouard Rahir 1862-1924” in The Book Collector, Summer 1967, pp.169-177). ¶ Fine, well-presented set.
New York, [printed by Lecram-Servant, Paris], 1935
Four volumes (30 × 28 cm), I-III: 613 pp. (paged continuously), 336 plates. IV: 161 pp., 77 plates. Uniform publisher’s blue buckram. - The first three volumes illustrate the work of 120 French binders, from Monnier and Padeloup to Trautz-Bauzonnet. The doublures and dentelles, binder’s stamps and tickets, are often reproduced. The fourth volume contains 77 plates, showing the work of 51 binders of the 18th and 19th centuries. The catalogue was published four years after the collector’s death (1 June 1931); three years later, his heirs consigned the library to Sotheby’s. Donald C. Dickinson, Dictionary of American Book Collectors (New York 1986), pp.281-282. ¶ Exlibris removed from volume I (leaving glue stain). A clean and fresh copy.
Two volumes (25 cm), I (15-17 December 1936): (6) 181 (1) pp., 56 leaves of plates (some in colour, some folding). Lots numbered 1-615. II (20-22 April 1937): (2) 127 (1) pp., 8 leaves of plates (some in colour, some folding). Lots numbered 616-1357. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The collector, proprietor of Frederik Muller & Co., of Amsterdam, was attracted particularly to illuminated manuscripts, early printing, and bindings. ¶ Part I unmarked and a fine copy; Part II annotated in pencil with prices realised and buyers’ names. Spine of Part II abraded, small losses.
(25.5 cm), 206 pp., 38 leaves of plates (2 plates in colour, some folding). Lots numbered 1-1478. Morocco-backed boards, a collector’s binding (original wrappers bound-in). - Contains an extensive collection of the works of William Blake, numerous bindings from the library of Sir Thomas Wotton, a complete run of the Daniel press, and illuminated manuscripts. Moss was especially interested in English bindings of the sixteenth century and he wrote and himself printed books on the bindings executed for Robert Dudley and for Wotton. Most of the Blake rarities were bought by Rosenbach; “the Duke of Rutland, who was present, gave £215 for a copy of the Bible… bound for Matthew Parker (1504-75), Archbishop of Canterbury, in his private bindery at Lambeth” (saleroom report, in The Times, London, 3 March 1937, p.17). Two English bindings were bought for the Victoria & Albert Museum Library: one binding, on a folio Greek Testament of 1550, is decorated by gilt strapwork ornament and painted arms of Edward VI (now Special Collections, Drawer 20, catalogued as a Parisian binding by Wotton’s Binder B); the other was made in the bindery of the religious community at Little Gidding, Huntingdonshire (Special Collections, Drawer 17a). Cf. Strickland Gibson, “Colonel William Moss” in Bodleian Library Record, volume 5 (1955), pp.156-166. ¶ Fine, well-presented copy. No Price list.
Two volumes (25 cm), II (5-7 July 1938): pp.153-308, illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 569-1287. III (9 December 1938): pp.309-554, 41 leaves of plates, illustrations. Lots numbered 1288-2493. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The second and third parts of the Schiff sale catalogue only (lacking catalogue for Part I conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 23-25 March 1938). “The method of describing and presenting the books in the catalogue was a triumph for the auctioneers” (from “Bibliographical notes” in The Times Literary Supplement, 17 December 1938, p.909). The collector’s “Early English engravings and French prints in mezzotint & colour” were sold by Christie’s, 27 June 1938. Donald C. Dickinson, Dictionary of American Book Collectors (New York 1986), pp.281-282. ¶ Unmarked copies.
(25 cm), (2) 32 pp., frontispiece,  leaves of plates. 219 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - A handwritten note on the title-page of the Grolier Club copy identifies the consignor as H. Gordon Selfridge. Lot 59 is one of Grolier’s copies of Zacharias Ferrerius (now in the British Library, Henry Davis collection). Four fake bindings by Louis Hagué were offered; “although Sotheby’s observed the provenance of the first three of these bindings, they omitted to notice that the fourth had also been included in their sale [of John Blacker’s collection] in 1897. One feels, moreover, that the cataloguer might have made clearer their comparatively recent origin” (Percy Muir, “Sotheby’s sale” in The Times Literary Supplement, 27 September 1941, p.104, casting doubt on the authenticity of the Grolier Ferrarius, and of a binding for Madame de Pompadour: “it would appear Madame must have owned two identical copies, for de Ricci records one in a French public library”). ¶ Unmarked copy. Covers and a few pages dusty.
Oxford, University Press for Shrewsbury School, 1943
(35 cm), xl, 183 (1) pp., colour frontispiece (with tissue guardsheet) and 62 plates (mainly from photographs by Percy William Pilcher). Publisher’s red cloth, white cloth spine lettered in gilt. - The Shrewsbury School library was founded under Queen Elizabeth and the first books reached the library before 1600; most were purchased out of school funds, or were presented by benefactors, and bindings decorated by panel stamps or rolls therefore outnumber gold-tooled bindings by a wide margin. Oldham worked on the catalogue for twelve years, during which he visited 120 libraries and took rubbings or notes of 6000 bindings, painstakingly listing the binding materials, signed and unsigned, documenting the migration of tools from one binder to another, and the result is much more than a normal catalogue raisonné. G.D. Hobson wrote “there can be no doubt that [Oldham] has handled far more English sixteenth-century bindings than anyone now living”, while marvelling at Oldham’s tally of 336 bindings by John Reynes, and 156 hitherto unrecorded with the tools of the Cambridge binder Godfrey van Graten (from a review in The Times Literary Supplement, 9 October 1943, p.492). In addition, the book contains a useful introduction on the interpretation of ownership inscriptions and other evidence of ownership, and on distinguishing English from foreign bindings by their structure and other physical features. “A model for a future History of Bookbinding in England which still remains to be written” (E.P. Goldschmidt, Catalogue 95, 1951, p.41 item 95). B.H. Breslauer, The Uses of bookbinding literature, New York 1986, p.24. ¶ Copy 163 of 200 printed. Exlibris: H.E. The Governor of Bengal (perhaps Sir John Arthur Herbert, colonial governor of Bengal, 1939-1943), sold by Christie’s South Kensington, 13 September 1985, lot 16. Very good copy.
Two works in one volume (26 cm), I: 30 pp.,  plates (mounted on pp.2, 18, 26, 28). 164 entries. II:  pp., portrait-frontispiece, illustrations (mounted, some in colour). 160 entries. In a collector’s quarter-morocco binding (original publisher’s wrappers retained). - Sale catalogues for a portion of the renowned library formed at Belluno from c. 1490 to c. 1590 by Antonio (1462-1533) and, later, Odorico Pillone, and his son Giorgio, having bindings or fore-edges decorated by Cesare Vecellio (c. 1521-1601). These books (170 volumes, later enlarged to 172) had been acquired from the Venetian bookseller Ferdinando Ongania by Sir Thomas Brooke (1830-1908), and incorporated in his library at Armitage Bridge House, near Huddersfield. In 1947, a nephew, Humphrey Brooke, instructed the bookseller Alan Keen to sell the “Venetian Library”, and it was offered by Keen “as a collection and the price will be Thirty thousand pounds” (p.3). Keen’s catalogue, issued in an edition of just 50 copies, failed to attract a buyer; the collection remained intact until February 1957, when it was sold by Humphrey Brooke to the Parisian bookseller Pierre Berès. Berès organised an exhibition of the books in Paris (18 June-13 July 1957) and published the lavish, illustrated catalogue, entitled “Bibliothèque Pillone”, in an edition of 600 copies. Once again, no buyer emerged for the whole collection, and it was broken-up, the volumes sold individually. Cf. The Book Collector, Summer 1957, pp.119-120 (stating that Keen’s undated pamphlet appeared “before the last war”); and The Burlington Magazine, September 1947, p.262 (listing Keen’s pamphlet among “Publications received”); A.R.A. Hobson, “The Pillone Library” in The Book Collector, volume 7 (1958), pp.28-37; Giovanni Grazioli, “La dispersa biblioteca dei conti Piloni di Belluno: notizie storiche e traversie di un capolavoro del Rinascimento” in Biblioteche oggi: Mensile di informazione aggiornamento dibattito, volume 17 (January-February 1999), no. 1, pp.20-26. ¶ Fine, well-presented copies. Occasional offsetting in Berès catalogue owing to absence of tissue guardsheets.
(25 cm), 30 (2) pp.,  p. of plates. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - 131 catalogue entries, including three bindings designed by J.R. Abbey and executed by R. de Coverley & Sons. Contains brief biographical notices of the forty-two binders and binderies. No Erratum slip is mounted on p.28 in this copy. ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.
Three parts in one volume (25 cm), I: (27-28 November 1950): (10) 187 (3) pp., text illustrations. 778 lots. II (5-6 March 1951): (16) 204 (4) pp., text illustrations. 662 lots. III (29-31 October 1951): (14) 240 (2) pp., text illustrations. 947 lots. Contemporary blue cloth, a collector’s binding (publisher’s printed wrappers retained). - The collector, a New York financier, “was a patrician humanist, with a bibliophilic taste both varied and fastidious” (The Times Literary Supplement, 19 January 1951, p.44). The star lot of his sale (Part II, 458) was the diary of Montaigne: this had appeared in Sotheby’s, 20-21 May 1935, when it made £780 to Wilmerding, against a representative of the Bibliothèque municipale, Bordeaux; it was bought in New York for $21,000 by the French government (Louis Desgraves, Inventaire des fonds Montaigne conservés à Bordeaux, Paris 1995, p.31). Many of the collector’s fine bindings came from sales conducted during the 1930s (Terry, Cortlandt Bishop, Schiff, Ham House, etc.), when the market for such books was uneasy; the prices achieved in 1951 were mostly double (cf. John Carter, “Mr Wilmerding’s Continental Books” in The Times Literary Supplement, 20 April 1951, p.252). Donald C. Dickinson, Dictionary of American Book Collectors (New York 1986), pp.340-341. ¶ Ink stamp on wrappers: “This book belongs to A. Douglas”; otherwise, unmarked copies. Typed Lists of prices realised loosely inserted in Parts I-II.
Two volumes (25 cm), II (5-6 March 1951): (16) 204 (4) pp., text illustrations. 662 lots. III (29-31 October 1951): (14) 240 (2) pp., text illustrations. 947 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Parts two and three of the Wilmerding sale catalogue (lacking catalogue for part I: Rare English literature of the XVI-XIX century, mainly first editions, conducted by Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 27-28 November 1950). The collector, a New York financier, “was a patrician humanist, with a bibliophilic taste both varied and fastidious” (The Times Literary Supplement, 19 January 1951, p.44). The star lot of the second sale was the diary of Montaigne: this had appeared in Sotheby’s, 20-21 May 1935, when it made £780 to Wilmerding, against a representative of the Bibliothèque municipale, Bordeaux; it was bought in New York for $21,000 by the French government (Louis Desgraves, Inventaire des fonds Montaigne conservés à Bordeaux, Paris 1995, p.31). Many of the collector’s fine bindings came from sales conducted during the 1930s (Terry, Cortlandt Bishop, Schiff, Ham House, etc.), when the market for such books was uneasy; the prices achieved in 1951 were mostly double (cf. John Carter, “Mr Wilmerding’s Continental Books” in The Times Literary Supplement, 20 April 1951, p.252). ¶ Very good, unmarked copies.
(25 cm), 39 (1) pp., frontispiece, 19 leaves of plates (pls.I-XIX). 294 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - “This library, which has escaped the notice of bibliographers, was formed by Thomas Stainton in the last forty years of the nineteenth century. The first books appear to have been purchased about 1864 and the last additions were made at the W.H. Corfield sale in 1904. The collection is remarkable for its fine bindings; these include Scottish bindings, English Restoration and eighteenth-century bindings, including one by the Cambridge binder, Moore, and one of the rare bindings for Frederick, Prince of Wales; Italian and French Renaissance bindings, including one for Thomas Mahieu (Maiolus) which has hitherto been known only by a rubbing taken when it passed through an English book sale in the 1860s” (notice of forthcoming sales, in The Burlington Magazine, volume 93, February 1951, p.66). ¶ Annotated in pencil with prices and buyers’ names. No price list.