(New York: The Grolier Club, 1886). 260 x 210 mm. (10 1/4 x 8 1/4"). 3 p.l., 36 pp.,  leaves (with plates placed before the final leaf). ONE OF 200 COPIES.
Original ivory-colored half cloth over matching paper, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. 63 plates of fine and historic bindings. Boards and spine just a bit soiled, gilt spine titling slightly faded, half a dozen plates with extensive (though very fine) sprinkled foxing in margins or on versos, but still an excellent copy, the text fresh, and the binding sound.
Although the binding here is not especially beautiful, the present volume is otherwise quite attractive, with very wide margins and thick textured leaves with untrimmed edges. The book is very useful, as it provides more than 60 high quality reproductions of good examples of bindings from the 15th to the 19th centuries, along with comments directly on each specimen. According to Beverly Chew, the library of Robert Hoe (1839-1911), founding member and first president of the Grolier Club, was "the finest [America] has ever contained." Hoe acquired a variety of fine materials, including illuminated manuscripts, early printing (he owned a Gutenberg Bible on paper and one on vellum), fine bindings, French and English literature, and Americana, and when his library was sold in 1911-12, it fetched nearly $2 million, a record that held until the Streeter sale more than 50 years later. (ST10449d)
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