Animais Peconhentos by Flavio Da Fonseca
Animais Peconhentos
Flavio Da Fonseca
Snakeskin & Velvet

We all know the old adage, but never mind what they say. Sometimes it's okay to judge a book by its cover.

We love to read, but it's an extra pleasure when the book is an object of beauty, craft or art, as well. These editions have all been thoughtfully bound in atypical materials, some in direct correlation to the subject matter, some for the sake of beauty or functionality. They have become not only literature, but art.

Bookbinding has been a skilled and lovingly practiced craft for centuries. It's an astonishing treat to see the range of materials and methods that go into bookbinding. Ranging from absolutely affordable to extravagantly expensive, here are some of the most unusual bindings found on AbeBooks, from eelskin and ivory to copper and gold, to rubber and fur, and much more.

Go on. Judge.

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30 Unusual Bookbindings

Arizona Highways Magazine 1965 Bound in Pony Hide
Pony Hide
Arizona Highways Magazine 1965

Gerald A. Bergin
SOLD
The Book of Common Prayer
Ivory
The Book of Common Prayer

Author Unknown
SOLD
Sentiments and Similes of William Shakespeare
Papier Mache
Sentiments and Similes of William Shakespeare

Noel Humphreys
SOLD
Etrennes Mignonnes
Embroidered Silk
Etrennes Mignonnes

W.H. Hudson
£2289
Odilon Redon. Peintre, Dessinateur et Graveur
Different inlaid woods
Odilon Redon

Andre Mellerio
£1645
Key of Heaven: a Collection of Approved Prayers for Catholics
Mother of Pearl
Key of Heaven: A Collection of Approved Prayers for Catholics

SOLD
La Guirlande D'Aphrodite - Ferdinand Herold
Cloisonné
La Guirlande D'Aphrodite

Ferdinand Herold
US £1646
Heads and Tales - Malvina Hoffman
Snakeskin
Heads and Tales

Malvina Hoffman
£ 838
The Sweet O' The Year: Thoughts From a Village Garden - Emily Ridgway
Mother of Pearl
The Sweet O' The Year

SOLD
Enzo Cucchi Scultura 1982-1988
Latex
Enzo Cucchi Scultura 1982-1988

Martin Schwander & Enzo Cucchi
£ 449
Our Prayer Book. Joy in Innocence
Celluloid
Our Prayer Book. Joy in Innocence

Author Unknown
SOLD
Blood Brother - Elliott Arnold
Semi-Precious Gems
Blood Brother

Elliott Arnold
SOLD
La Route D'Emeraude - Demolder, Eugene.
Silver Filigree
La Route D'Emeraude

Demolder, Eugene.
£ 1077
1611 King James 1st Edition Great He Bible
Copper
1611 King James Bible
£ 71,222

Batak Bark Book
Bark
Batak Bark Book


£ 1436
The Sermon on the Mount by Owen Jones
Silk Brocade
The Sermon on the Mount

Owen Jones
£ 923
Subversive Crafts by Katy Kline
Perforated Rubber
Subversive Crafts

Katy Kline
SOLD
The Flounder by Gunter Grass
Eelskin
The Flounder

Günter Grass
£ 360
Gospels of the New Testament Scriptures
Varnished Wood
The Lay of the Last Minstrel
Walter Scott
£ 239
La Voie du Salut ou Prieres Journalieres by Baron de Zaiguelius
Velvet with a Metal Crucifix
La Voie du Salut ou Prieres Journalieres

Baron de Zaiguelius
£ 90
The American Coast Pilot by Edmund M. Blunt
Burlap
The American Coast Pilot

Edmund M. Blunt
£ 269
Little Fur Family - Brown, Margaret Wise; Williams, Garth
Real Fur
Little Fur Family

Brown, Margaret Wise; Williams, Garth
£27- £1316
The King James Holy Bible
Olive Wood
The Holy Bible

SOLD
Andy Warhol's Index by Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol's Index
Andy Warhol
£ 900
The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Song of Hiawatha
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
£ 17,057

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