- Firenze: Fratelli Allinari, 1960.
- half blue morocco and cloth, matching slipcases, top edges gilt
- XXI, 125, (3), I-CCVI plates, XVIII, 138, (6), CCIX-CCCCXIV plates, XV, 187, (3), CCCCXV-DXLV plates
- ISBN: none
Price: $2,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 65266
First edition, one of 500 copies printed at the Stamperia Valdonega. Tammaro de Marinis has produced the authoritative work on Italian bookbindings from the 15th and 16th centuries. A truly magnificent book, the result of close collaboration with the experts of the day, it contains over 3100 meticulous descriptions of books examined in public and private libraries in Europe and the United States. Entries are arranged by place of origin with a prefatory essay on each city. Lavishly illustrated with approximately 1000 collotype plates, several tipped-in and some in color, that reproduce 1500 different bindings. Indexes. This set has the exlibris bookplate in all three volumes of Lt. Alexandre Paul Rosenberg, the son of famed art dealer Paul Rosenberg, as well as inspiration behind the film 'The Train' (1964) where Lt. Rosenberg is played by the actor Burt Lancaster. The bookplate is designed by Pablo Picasso, better known inside the Rosenberg family as "Uncle Pablo" due to the close relationship Picasso had with Paul Rosenberg. Spines show the slightest hint of sunning, else a near-fine set.