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Part of what makes antiquarian books so collectible are their fine and delicate bindings, and the tradition of book binding has come a long way since the clay tablets and palm fronds of the ancient world. After binders moved from clay and palm leaves, they began binding sheets of vellum, or calf skin. The sheets were bound with wooden boards and then connected with strips of leather. As the art of bookbinding became much more accepted, certain binders began to attach precious gemstones and metals in the bindings themselves. Although many of these books were destroyed because looters wanted to steal the gems, there are still a few books that remain with these rare and unique bindings.Of course, there are other types of fine bindings as well. Long-stitch bookbinding can still be found today in many types of journals. Long-stitch bindings feature the sewing together of sections of a book. It originated in Germany in the medieval era and has been used ever since. Similarly, Ethiopian bookbinding features a chain-stitch sewing method that uses two needles. Interestingly, though the covers were the typical wooden boards, they were left uncovered and often unadorned.Books with fine bindings are themselves works of art, and they bring added value and color to any collection. Whether book collectors choose to focus on one type of binding or whether they wish to embrace the wide diversity of bindings, any of these books would greatly enhance their collection.



L'ingegnoso cittadino Don Chisciotte della Mancia. […] Hora nuovamente tradotto con fedeltà e chiarezza di spagnuolo in italiano. Da Lorenzo Franciosini fiorentino. Opera gustosissima e di grandissimo trattenimento by Cervantes Saavedra Miguel de (Alcalá de Henares, 1547 – Madrid, 1616)

8°; cc. (12), pp. 669, (3). Elegante legatura novecentesca firmata da Brugalla in marocchino decorato in oro, con astuccio. Bellissimo esemplare. Exceedingly rare first edition of the Italian translation of the Primiera parte of Quijote. Rius, 780; Suñ…

From Chartaphilus - Libri antichi e rari

€45,000.00


Lettres sur la danse, sur les ballets et les arts (Observations sur la construction d'une salle d'opéra, et programme de ballets). by NOVERRE, Jean Georges

St Petersburg, Jean Charles Schnoor, 1803-1804. 4 4to volumes [260 x 204 mm], engraved portrait by J. Saunders, errata leaf at the end of each volume, contemporary red Russian morocco, gilt with Russian imperial arms, decorated flat spines, gilt edges. Co…

From LIBRAIRIE CAMILLE SOURGET

€37,500.00


Bibliographie des oeuvres de René Char by CHAR, René (1907-1988); Pierre-André BENOIT ("PAB", 1921-1993)

Paris: PAB, 1964. 8vo (9.75 x 7 inches; 248 x 178 mm). 98, [6] pages. Printed on Arches. ONE OF 50 COPIES WITH FOUR ORIGINAL SIGNED PRINTS BY GEORGES BRAQUE, ALBERTO GIACOMETTI, JOAN MIRÓ, and MARIA HELENA VIEIRA DA SILVA; and 12 illustrations in text…

From Riverrun Books & Manuscripts

$40,000.00


A STUDY IN SCARLET. by DOYLE. ARTHUR CONAN

Ward, Lock & Co. London. 1888. FIRST EDITION in book form of the first Sherlock Holmes novel and the Author's first book. 8vo. (7.3 x 5.1 inches). Published the year before in Beetons Christmas annual. Green & Gibson A1, a.i. (second impression). Publish…

From Paul Foster Books

£25,000.00


SET OF WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTOPHER ROBIN FIRST EDITIONS. 4 Volumes.-- When We were very young. -- Winnie the Pooh. -- Now We are Six. -- The House at Pooh Corner. by MILNE. A. A. --- E. H. Shepard, Illustrates

Methuen and Co. London. 1924 - 28. FIRST EDITIONS. Four volumes. 8vo. (7.3 x 5 inches). Illustrated throughout with wonderful line drawings by E. H. Shepard. When We Were Very Young second state with page number ix present. Fine, crisp and clean copies t…

From Paul Foster Books

£14,000.00


An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China. Including Cursory Observations made, and Information obtained, in travelling through that Ancient Empire, and a small part of Chinese Tartary. by STAUNTON. Sir GEORGE

Printed by W. Bulmer & Co. for G. Nicol. London. 1797. FIRST EDITION. Three volumes. - 2 quarto text volumes (12 x 9.4 inches), and a folio atlas of plates (16.6 x 12.3 inches). Complete. Text volumes in contemporary full brown calf boards with decorati…

From Paul Foster Books

£13,500.00


THE FLORENTINE HISTORIE. Written in the Italian tongue, by Nicholo Macchiavelli, Citizen and Secretarie of Florence. And translated into English by T. B. [Thomas Bedingfield] Esquire. by MACHIAVELLI. NICCOLO

Printed by T. C. [Thomas Creede] for W. P. [William Ponsonby]. London. 1595. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Folio. (11.1 x 7.5 inches). x11,222pp. Lacking last, blank, leaf, all text complete. Decorated with woodcut engraved ornamental title page and engraved h…

From Paul Foster Books

£12,750.00


Russian Gold Book by Anonymous

St. Petersburg, 1905. 14-carat pendant in the form of a hinged book containing three leaves with fine engraving work. The text begins with a plaintive song which was apparently popular in the salons of pre-Revolutionary Russia, and which closes with the …

From Bromer Booksellers

$13,750.00


Il Talismano ossia La Terza Crociata in Palestina Melodramma storico Posto in Musica per l'I.R. Teatro alla Scala. Dedicato a Sua Eccellenza la Sig.<sup>a</sup> Contessa Giulia Samoyloff nata Contessa di Pahlen. by PACINI, Giovanni

Milano: Ricordi, 1830. First Edition — Primera edición. 232x325mm. (9¼x12¾").. Milano & Firenze, Gio. Ricordi, c.1830. Folio oblongo (232 x 325)mm. (1) hoja de título, (1) h. de índice y personajes, 266 pp., 5 láminas grabadas y coloreadas a mano …

From Librería José Porrúa Turanzas

€10,000.00


THE BOTANICAL MAGAZINE. Or, Flower-Garden displayed: In wghich the most ornamental Foreign plants, cultivated in the open ground, the green house, and the stove, are accurately represented in their natural colours by CURTIS. WILLIAM. (SIMS, JOHN. Continues)

Printed by Couchman and Fry, for W. Curtis. London. 1788 - 1806. Volumes 1 to 24, bound in 12 volumes.Later issue of the first volume, with the title page dated 1790. Beautifully illustrated with 966 fine hand coloured plates, a few folding. A handful of…

From Paul Foster Books

£8,000.00


FIVE WORKS CONSIST OF: (1) MELZO E GORGONZOLA E LORO DINTORNI STUDI STORICI CON DOCUMENTI E NOTE (2) INAUGURAZIONE A GORGONZOLA DELLA LAPIDE MONUMENTALE PER LA BATTAGLIA VINTA DAI MILANESI CONTRO RE ENZO FIGLIO DI FEDERICO II IMPERATORE NEL 1245 ....... by DAMIANO MUONI (WORKS SPECIALLY BOUND AND DEDICAED TO KHEDIV ISMAIL PASHA VICE ROY OF EGYPT)

Milano: Tipografia di Francesco Gareffi, 1866 Book. As New. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. SPECIALLY BOUN,GILTED, DECORATED, AND DEDICATED TO ISMAIL IBN IBRAHIM IBN MUHAMMAD ALI, KHEDIVE (VICE-ROI) OF EGYPT; A S(ON) A(LTESSE) R(OYALE) ISMAIL PASCI…

From Archive

$10,000.00


Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes & Ditches by Thoreau, Henry David

Petersham, MA: Lone Oak Press, 2005. Esser, Mark. Oblong quarto. 89pp. From an edition of fourteen deluxe copies and 70 standard copies, this is one of five deluxe copies chosen to be specially bound for the international traveling exhibit "InsideOUT: Co…

From Bromer Booksellers

$9,350.00


La Maison du péché by Tinayre, Marcelle

Paris: Société du Livre d'Art. Imprimerie Nationale, 1909. Limited Edition. Near fine. Henri Jourdain. 4to, 10 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. ( 266 x197 mm); pp. [6], iv, 355, ii, [6]; 66+1 colored etchings by Henri Jourdain; original blue paper wrappers bound in; p…

From Rob Zanger Rare Books LLC

$8,000.00


THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER. by TWAIN. MARK. (Clemens. Samuel L. )

Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly. London. 1876. FIRST EDITION. First impression. 8vo. (7.8 x 5.9 inches). A few small marks to just a handful of pages but generally this is a clean and bright copy throughout. Finely bound in recent full red morocco. Spine wit…

From Paul Foster Books

£5,750.00


The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman by Whitman, Walt

New York and London. G.P. Putnam's Sons. 1902. Handsomely bound in elaborately gilt tooled and titled 3/4 gilt ruled vellum and grey paper over boards. Vellum tips. t.e.g. This set encased in the rare original publishers imprinted dustwrappers. Thick 8v…

From Heldfond Book Gallery, ABAA-ILAB

$6,500.00


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