- London: The British Library, (1983).
- 8.5 x 10.75 inches
- cloth with leather spine label
- 368 pages
- ISBN: 0904654737
- ISBN: 9780904654738
Price: $140.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 104824
First edition. The Henry Davis Gift, A Collection of Bookbindings, Volume II covers bindings made in the British Isles, the Netherlands (including Belgium), Germany, Austria and Denmark. There are 368 entries, arranged by country of origin, as well as chronologically, with excellent bibliographical notes on each binding and the binders who executed them. Each entry consists of a header, the author, title and imprint of the book, a brief description of the binding, its provenance, and references, comparative material, literature, and notes when available. The headings also provide the place and date the book was bound and the name of the binder and first owner if known.
Fully described and illustrated, the entries depict the kind of leather or covering material used, types of boards including paste board, pulp board, mill board, straw board, etc, spines, edges, doublures, leather joints, decorated end-papers, and the style of tooling. Also included is an introduction, list of locations, list of books and articles referred to, and indices of the binders and owners.
This second volume of The Henry Davis Gift is a reference to be used by binding historians, librarians, booksellers, collectors, and other book lovers who are interested in identifying undetermined bindings.