- London: Seeley and Co., Ltd., 1897.
- small 4to.
- original cloth on beveled boards, gilt-blocked centerpiece, top edge gilt.
- (ii), 52, 80 pages, with 20 additional pages of plates.
- ISBN: none
Price: $150.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 53126
First edition (S-K no.1926). In two distinct parts or volumes, the first dealing with English bookbinding, the second with French bookbinding. Concerned primarily with Renaissance and 17th-century bindings and somewhat with the 18 century. The author dismisses most 19th-century binding as imitative and unimportant. There are 17 photo-chromo-lithographic plates by the color printers Griggs & Sons, some of them embossed, and 3 in double-page spreads, including a remarkable cottage binding for Charles II. There are also 8 and 31 black-and-white text illustrations of bindings in the two sections. Fletcher (1830-1913) was an expert on English and French bookbinding and the author of "English Bookbindings" (1894) and "English Bookbindings in the British Museum" (1895). Spine slightly faded with wear at corners. Bookplate on front pastedown. Well preserved copy.