- New Castle and London: Oak Knoll Press and the British Library, 2004.
- small 4to.
- cloth, dust jacket
- 176 pages
- ISBN: 1584561300
- ISBN: 9781584561309
Price: $150.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 93908
First edition. This book is the first illustrated guide to this complex and controversial subject. In 1930, in The Evolution of Publishers' Binding Styles, Michael Sadleir declared that "the bookseller-publisher of the decades from 1730 to 1770 issued his books either in loose quires, or stitched, or a most in a plain paper wrapper." This view is still generally accepted. Bennett, however, presents new documentary and visual evidence that books were predominantly sold ready-bound in sheep, calf, and goat as well as boards and wrappers. Over 200 color illustrations show what these bindings looked like, and how their styles evolved.