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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

€45000.00


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

$40000.00


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

€37500.00


PLAN DE PARIS,

N.p., 1739. Folio [558 x 443 mm] bound in red morocco, covers decorated with fleur-de-lys borders, fleurs-de-lys in the corners, coat of arms in the center, spine ribbed and decorated with fleur-de-lys of various sizes, stars and gilt fillets, inner borde…

From LIBRAIRIE CAMILLE SOURGET

€35000.00


Abbildung der Gemein-Nützlichen Haupt-Stände von denen Regenten und ihrer so in Friedens als Kriegs-Zelten zugeordneten Bedienten an bib auf alle Künstler und Handwercker… by WEIGEL, Christoff

Regenspurg, Gedruckt… 1698. 4to [196 x 155 mm] (8) ll., 684 pages misnumbered 676; (1) l., 212 copper-engravings on full-page. Full light-brown calf, spine ribbed and richly decorated, red edges. Contemporary binding. First edition of this famous illust…

From LIBRAIRIE CAMILLE SOURGET

€23000.00


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

£13500.00


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

£12750.00


Histoire philosophique et politique Des Établissemens et du Commerce des Européens dans les deux Indes. by DIDEROT, Denis / RAYNAL, Abbé Thomas-Guillaume-François

Genève, Jean-Leonard Pellet, 1780. 10 volumes 8vo and one atlas volume 4to : I/ 1 portrait, xvi pp., 532 pp., (2) bl.ll. ; II/ (2) ll., 1 engraving, viii pp., 582 pp. ; III/ (2) ll., 1 engraving, vii pp., 580 pp. ; IV/ (2) ll., 1 engraving, viii pp., 47…

From LIBRAIRIE CAMILLE SOURGET

€15000.00


Les écarts du tempérament, Esquisse dramatique. by Le Diable au corps - NERCIAT, André de

Londres, 1785. 12mo in red morocco, double gilt fillets, decorated spine, inner gilt edges, gilt edges. Binding of the end of the 19th century. 131 x 80 mm. First edition "unobtainable today" of the first issue of the "Diable au corps", printed in 1785, …

From LIBRAIRIE CAMILLE SOURGET

€15000.00


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

$13750.00


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

$10000.00


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

£8000.00


THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The Fellowship of the Ring. - The Two Towers. - The Return of the King by TOLKIEN. J. R. R

George Allen & Unwin. London. 1954 and 1955. FIRST EDITION, first printings of Volumes 2 and 3. The 1st volume is 1954 2nd impression. THREE VOLUMES. 8vo. (8.6 x 5.5 inches). A bright and clean set throughout. Fold out map of Middle earth at the end of e…

From Paul Foster Books

£7500.00


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

$9350.00


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

$8000.00


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