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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.



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


D'un château l'autre EDITION ORIGINALE Tirage de tête ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE by CELINE Louis-Ferdinand

Paris: Gallimard, 1957. Fine. Gallimard, Paris 1957, 14x20,5cm, relié sous étui. - 41920 - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Édition originale, un des 45 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin de Hollande van Gelder, tirage de tête. Reliure en plein maroquin no...

From Rare Books Le Feu Follet - Edition-Originale.com

€23,000.00


ULYSSES. by JOYCE. JAMES

Shakespeare and Company. Paris. 1922. FIRST EDITION. Number 811 of a limited edition of 1,000 copies and one of 750 copies printed on handmade paper. There were 100 signed copies on thicker Dutch handmade paper numbered 1 - 100 and 150 large paper copies...

From Paul Foster Books

£16,500.00


The Poems of William Shakespeare by SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

Middlesex: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Limited to 510 copies of which this is one of 500 on paper. Printed in red and black with ornamental borders and initials. Finely bound in full olive green morocco with inlays of green and brown leather with ornate gilt w...

From Contact Editions

$20,000.00


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). Text volumes in contemporary full brown calf boards with decorative gilt bo...

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. Decorated with woodcut engraved ornamental title page and engraved head and tailpieces....

From Paul Foster Books

£12,750.00


MY EARLY LIFE. - THOUGHTS AND ADVENTURES. - GREAT CONTEMPORARIES. - STEP BY STEP. by CHURCHILL. WINSTON. S

Odhams Press Limited. London. 1947. FOUR VOLUMES. First Odhams Press editions. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.7 inches). Finely bound for Churchill, by Zaehnsdorf bookbinders, for presentation. My early life is inscribed 'To Air Commodore G. Powell from Winston S. Churchi...

From Paul Foster Books

£12,500.00


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

$12,500.00


LOT of Stone & Kimball/Herbert S. Stone publications: 200 titles 1st ed. signed by Various

Here is a rare opportunity to own nearly two-thirdsof all publications from the highly-esteemed publishers Stone & Kimball and Herbert S. Stone & Company. This lot consists of 200 individual titles (a few titles are multi-volume sets, so, 208 individual v...

From Zalmoxis Books

$12,000.00


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


THE CHRISTMAS BOOKS. THE COMPLETE SET OF THE 5 CHRISTMAS BOOKS IN THE FIRST EDITION AND FIRST STATE. A CHRISTMAS CAROL London, Chapman& Hall.1843 ( STAVE I ), THE CHIMES 1845, THE BATTLE OF LIFE 1846, THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH 1846, THE HAUNTED MAN .. 1848. by Dickens, Charles

London: Chapman and Hall (and others), 1843. 1843- 1848. A Christmas Carol in TRULY FIRST ISSUE ( Stave I ). ALL 5 VOLUMES (size 11 x 16,5cm) ARE BOUND IN FULL RICHLY GILT GREEN MOROCCO BY BAYNTUN RIVIERE AND ALL HAVE THE ORIGINAL CLOTH COVERS AND SP...

From M.Pollak Antiquariat - Est.1899

$9,000.00


Tragoediae Septem by Sophocles

Geneva: Paul Estienne, 1603 First edition of Paul Estienne's greatest achievement. Schreiber notes: "This is not a mere reprint of Henri's edition of 1578, but a much improved work: besides the commentaries of Camerarius, it includes the Annotationes of ...

From Michael R. Thompson, Booksellers, ABAA/ILAB

$8,500.00


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

$8,500.00


EMBLEMS BOUND BY RIVIERE: A collection of emblemes, ancient and moderne: quickened with metricall illustrations, both morall and divine: and disposed into lotteries, that instruction, and good counsell, may bee furthered by an honest and pleasant recreation. by Wither, George (1588-1667)

London: Printed by A[ugustine]. M[athewes]. for Henry Taunton, and are to be sold at his shop in Saint Dunstanes Church-yard, 1635. 1st Edition . Full leather. Near Fine. Passe, Crispijn van de (c.1565-1637); Marshall, William (active 1617-1650). First...

From Lyppard Books

£4,950.00


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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