BOOKBINDERS AND THEIR CRAFT.
(New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903). 248 x 165 mm. (9 3/4 x 6 1/2"). vii, , 298,  pp. No. 201 OF 500 COPIES of the First American Edition.
Publisher's pale blue boards backed with white paper by Robert Rutter & Son (stamp-signed on rear turn-in), flat spine with gilt titling, corners tipped with vellum, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. In the original gray stiff paper dust jacket and (slightly soiled and worn, but quite intact) matching slipcase. With numerous black & white illustrations. Front free endpaper with ex-libris of Everest Denslow Haight tipped on. ◆A very narrow strip of fading at top and bottom edges of boards, jacket with tiny chips at head of spine and one-inch split at bottom of front joint, but these imperfections quite trivial. A VERY FINE COPY, the interior clean, fresh, and bright, and the binding unworn.
This is a classic work by a woman Tidcombe describes as "a binder, a teacher, and one of the first people to write intelligently in English on both contemporary and historical bookbinding." Sarah Treverbian Prideaux (1853-1933) began binding when she was 31, training in London under Zaehnsdorf and in Paris under Gruel, and worked for 20 years. She was very interested in the history of the craft and in the techniques of earlier binders. Tidcombe says she "was an intelligent woman, who knew more about the history of bookbinding, both trade, and non-trade, than other binders," a curiosity that was an asset to her both in the practice and the teaching of binding. She wrote a number of articles in the 1890s for "The Bookbinder" and the "The Library" in the U.K., and for "Scribner's Magazine" in the U.S. Eight of these articles are collected here: "Some English and Scottish Bindings of the Last Century," "Characteristics and Peculiarities of Roger Payne, Binder," "Les Relieures Français," "Design in Bookbinding," "Some French Binders of To-day," "Early Stamped Bindings," "Early Italian Bindings," and "Some Notes on Pattern-making." (ST17263-10)