Order Nr. 130515 BLIND PANELS OF ENGLISH BINDERS. J. Basil Oldham.


  • Cambridge: University Press, 1958.
  • folio
  • blue cloth, dust jacket.
  • xv, 56 pages of text followed by 67 plates.

Price: $300.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 130515

First edition. (S-K 4230, Brenni no.824). Companion volume to the author's 1952 book, English Blind-Stamped Bindings. Together the two volumes present an exhaustive study of this decorative element in English bookbinding from the mid-15th to mid-17th centuries. In the present work, the author defines "panels," indicates inclusive dates when they were used in England, and gives his criteria of "Englishness." In addition to discussing artists and binders, such as Wynkyn de Worde, Jacobus Illuminator, and Richard Faques, among others, he reproduces all the different types of panels that are known and gives them an intelligent system of classification: Acorn; Animal; Biblical; Heraldic and Rose are just a few. Sixty-seven handsomely produced black and white plates depict some 250 panels. Jacket price clipped; very minor chipping along edges.