- Verona: Edizioni Valdonega, 1994.
- 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- hardcover, dust jacket.
- 368 pages.
- ISBN: 8885033261
Price: $45.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 40610
First edition. For over forty years, Anthony Hobson has occupied a commanding position in the world of books. Succeeding his father, G. D. Hobson, the great historian of bookbinding, as head of Sotheby's book department, he ran it for some twenty years with equal commercial skill and scholarly learning. Since then, he has established an independent reputation with a series of studies of bookbinding and the history of books generally concerning subjects in Renaissance Italy. On the occasion of his seventieth birthday, a group of his friends decided to honor his achievements with a collection of essays. Twelve contributors have provided essays on bookbinding and the history of books. The subjects range from great collectors, like Grolier, Mahieu, and Anne de Montmorency, to bookbinding techniques and the book trade. In geographical scope there are essays on Ethiopic bookbinding, the Visconti Library at Milan, and British book collectors in Italy. The book has been edited by Dennis Rhodes who has also compiled a bibliography of Anthony Hobson's writings. This book is itself a notable contribution to the history of books, bookbinding, and the book trade. It celebrates the achievements of a life devoted to these subjects.
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