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Annabel Lee and Other Poems

Annabel Lee and Other Poems by Poe, Edgar Allan

(London, 1928. Sangorski, Alberto. Small quarto. 33pp. Signed by Alberto Sangorski. A unique manuscript on vellum, designed, il...

$137,500.00
Bones of the Book: An Oblong Identity

Bones of the Book: An Oblong Identity by Ely, Timothy C

Colfax, WA, 2015. Unique. Timothy C. Ely. Bones of the Book is the second in a three-book series that differs significantly fro...

$110,000.00
La Journée du Chrétien, Sanctifiée par la Prière et la Meditation

La Journée du Chrétien, Sanctifiée par la Prière et la Meditation

Lyon and Paris: Librairie Catholique de Perisse Frères, 1844. Small octavo. viii, 524, (v) pp. A seventeenth-century sil...

$82,500.00
D'un château l'autre EDITION ORIGINALE Tirage de tête ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE

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. - First edition, one of 45 numb...

€23,000.00
The Poems of William Shakespeare

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 orna...

$20,000.00
Phial

Phial by Ely, Timothy C

Colfax, WA: Timothy C. Ely, 2016. Unique. Hardcover. Fine. Timothy C. Ely. 25 spreads of original art and unique binding by Ti...

$18,700.00
Joseph Cornell: Shadowplay Eterniday

Joseph Cornell: Shadowplay Eterniday by Cornell, Joseph

London: Thames & Hudson, 2012. Later printing. Hardcover. Fine. Shadowplay, Eterniday is an artistic breakthrough for Cock...

$16,500.00
TOR

TOR by Ely, Timothy C., Robert Rowe, and Oscar Gillespie

Colfax, WA, 2014. Unique. Hardcover. Fine. Timothy C. Ely. Printed, engraved, and manuscript artists' book: a collaboratio...

$15,400.00
Vhor-text

Vhor-text by Ely, Timothy C

New York, 1991. Unique. Hardcover. Fine. Timothy C. Ely. Manuscript and binding signed by the artist. Vhor-text is a ...

$13,750.00
The Compleat Florist

The Compleat Florist by Duke J

London: Robinson J, 1747. Hardcover. Very Good. London: printed for J. Duke and sold by J. Robinson, 1747. Octavo. (8 7/8 x 5 ...

£8,495.00
An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of India and the Islands in the Indian Seas: comprising upwards of two hundred and fifty Figures and Descriptions.

An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of India and the Islands in the Indian Seas: comprising upwards of two hundred and fifty Figures and Descriptions. by Donovan

London: Bensley T, 1800. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Fine. London, printed for the author by T. Bensley, 1800. 4to. With descript...

£8,250.00
An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of China: comprising Figures and Descriptions.

An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of China: comprising Figures and Descriptions. by Donovan E

London: Bensley T, 1798. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Fine. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. London, printed for the author b...

£8,250.00
Lost & Found

Lost & Found by Berrigan, Daniel

n.p. [Montclair, NJ]: Caliban Press, 1989. Signed Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Timothy C. Ely. Illustrated by Timot...

$10,780.00
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 .......

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, DECORA...

$10,000.00
Utopia

Utopia by More, Sir Thomas

Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1906. Mowery, Franklin. Small quarto. 161pp. One of 100 copies. Printed in red and black with initial...

$9,350.00



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.

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