This is a different kind of catalogue devoted to fine and historic bindings. The arrangement of this catalogue departs from its predecessors in that items are listed chronologically, based on the approximate date of their bindings. This approach has been adopted with the hope that it might promote an understanding of the evolution of binding styles and techniques over the course of 500 years and that, consequently, the catalogue might be useful for reference.
The focus here is on manuscript materials and early printing (before 1700). There are manuscript leaves, most of them illuminated, from the Medieval, Renaissance, and modern eras, as well as complete 15th century Books of Hours and modern illuminated manuscripts. There are single printed leaves from incunables, fine early presses, and modern private presses. Books range from incunabula to STC and Wing books and specimens from fine presses including Aldine, Elzevier, and Estienne.