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This much anticipated third and final volume of "Henry Davis Gift" focuses on south and east European fine bindings, with additional sections on Oriental and American bindings. It includes many new identifications, and owners and binders are discussed comprehensively. Not only have the decorative features of every binding been described and illustrated, details of structure have also been described and consequently, it is now possible to compare and contrast bookbinders' practices in the various countries, as evident from this splendid collection of fine bindings.
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a new book that is as beautiful as its subject deserves --SALON (Newsletter of the Society of Antiquaries)
a work of monumental and accurate scholarship. --David Pearson, TLS
an important contribution to the history of the book. --Bob Duckett, Reference Reviews
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Book Description British Library, London, first edition, 2010, 2010. Condition: New. Cloth, 8vo, 28 cm, 527 pp, ills. An excellent catalogue, covering 222 French bindings, 157 Italian, 14 Spanish, and 30 others. Each binding is illustrated and described (generally including structure as well as decoration), and the catalogue entries also provide details of provenance, references to earlier mentions of the binding in print, and to relevant more general accounts, identifications of bindings on which the same tool has been used, other bindings that might usefully be compared, and sometimes miscellaneous notes. As New. Seller Inventory # ABE-44819