- London, England: Printed for the Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1891.
- large thick folio
- rebound in cloth with lettered portions of original front cover cloth laid on.
- xlii, (2) 132 pages followed by cxiii chromolithographed full-page plates with printed tissue guards.
- ISBN: none
Price: $650.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 98788
First and only edition of this magnificent book of bookbindings (Mejer 1261, Brenni 284, Schmidt-Kunsemuller 873). Illustrated with chromolithographs by William Griggs (1832-1911). (See Wakeman & Bridson, p.52). Introductory passages authored by Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924) and Sarah Taverbain Prideaux. Includes 113 plates and a frontispiece, of which 111 are reproduced in color and many are embossed. Includes list of contributors. Breslauer (Uses of Bookbinding Literature, p. 25) notes: "In 1891 there took place the first really comprehensive loan exhibition of historical bookbindings, at the Burlington Fine Arts Club in London. Almost 900 bindings, lent by the foremost British collectors, were shown and described by E. Gordon Duff and Sarah Prideaux in a large quarto catalogue which reproduced 152 of them on 113 plates, almost all in colour". As well as the excellent introductory remarks, providing a survey of the exhibition and highlighting the notable items, there are 3 appendices; the catalogue; and 3 indexes. The latter are index of binders; index of collectors and arms; and index of contributors. Rebound in cloth with lettered portions of original front cover cloth laid on. Title page and list of contibutors torn. Frontispiece lacking small piece in lower left corner, but only effecting the image slightly. Else a great book.