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Hosted by long-time ABAA/ILAB member Phillip J. Pirages, the video segments below examine the various pleasures of book collecting, with an emphasis on understanding and appreciating historic and decorative bindings, frequently using as examples items contained in Pirages Catalogue #61

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An Introduction to Antique Books

Phil Pirages, proprietor of Phillip J. Pirages Fine Book and Manuscripts, examines book collecting, how and why people collect, why they should collect books, and the role of the bookseller in collaborating with collectors, using examples from the current Pirages inventory to illustrate the special pleasures derived from an appreciation of a book's binding, printing, illustration, and provenance.
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Vellum Through the Ages

A look at the use of vellum in making books, from Medieval manuscripts to modern private press books.
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Early Bindings

A discussion of 16th century bookbinding done for famous collectors, with a digression on forgeries.
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Modern English Binding Decoration: Thomas J. Cobden-Sanderson

Phil talks about the career of the greatest figure in modern English bookbinding, and shows examples of the work he did with his own hands as well as the bindings he designed for his Doves Bindery.
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Modern English Binding Decoration: Guild of Women Binders

The story of the Guild of Women Binders, a group of turn-of-the-century female artisans in England known for their innovative designs.
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Modern English Binding Decoration: Cosway Bindings

Phil discusses Cosway bindings, which feature miniatures painted on ivory as part of the binding design.
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Modern English Binding Decoration: Jewelled Bindings

A look at two of the lavish jewelled bindings produced by Sangorski & Sutcliffe--creators of the "Great Omar" that went down with the Titanic--in the early 20th century.
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Modern English Binding Decoration: Chivers and Bagguley

A discussion of two creative modern English binders, Cedric Chivers and George Bagguley.
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Meunier & Marius Magnin

A discussion of two French binders of the Belle Epoque, both known for their skill and innovation.
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Fore-Edge Paintings

Books with a hidden surprise beneath their gilt edges: a painting done on the fanned-out fore edge of the text block.
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French Books

The distinctive style of French books--elegant, refined, and beautifully illustrated.
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Books with Colored Plates

Phil looks at various types of illustrated books with color plates, including two special American publications, Audubon's "Birds of America" and McKenney & Hall's "Indian Tribes of North America."
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