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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.

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The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman
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The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman

by Whitman, Walt

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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 8vo (6.25" x 9"). The Book-Lover's Camden Edition. This edition of The Complete Works of Walt Whitman is Limited to 500 Numbered sets, of which this is number 242. Edition number stipple to limitation page as required. Illustrated by a photogravure frontis to each volume and further by tissue-guarded full page mounted photogravures throughout. This rare and important set was issued under the editorial supervision of Whitman's Literary Executors. Also contains additional bibliographical and critical material prepared by Oscar lovell Triggs. Previous owners small and attractive bookplate to front pastedowns. Small circular burn mark (4mm) to front of dustwrapper and front board of one volume (innocuous). Some very mild scattered foxing to prelims. A Fine,… Read More
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La tete contre les Murs. (Signed Presentation Copy in 6-color inlaid leather)
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La tete contre les Murs. (Signed Presentation Copy in 6-color inlaid leather)

by Bazin, Herve; Jacques Blanchet (binder)

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1st
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Hardcover
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Granville, New York
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Paris: Aux Editions Eliane Norberg, 1951. First edition thus. Signed, De Luxe limited edition. Sumptuous, full leather Artesian binding by Jacques Blanchet. From an edition of 202, number 72 of 180 printed on Velin d' Arches. Published Paris: Editions Eliane Norberg, 1951. Folio, 10 1/2" x 13 1/4" x 2 7/8" thick, 302pp., illustrated with full page engraved plates and fine textual engravings from copper - all with tissue guards, and two leather engravings (cover and verso) in 6 colors by Robert Fonta. Full dark blue satin morocco over 1/4" thick boards with chamfered corners and leather inner hinges attached to thick, duplex flyleaves and gray leather pastedowns. Gilt block paneled titles on spine, top edges tinted blue with gilt embossed edge design stamped into the page block. Front cover and verso decorated with unique, six-color leather inset engravings by Fonta, Signed on the half title by the Bazin: "Hommage amical / de l'auteur / Herve Bazin." Presentation… Read More
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Il Talismano ossia La Terza Crociata in Palestina Melodramma storico Posto in Musica per l'I.R....
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Il Talismano ossia La Terza Crociata in Palestina Melodramma storico Posto in Musica per l'I.R. Teatro alla Scala. Dedicato a Sua Eccellenza la Sig.a Contessa Giulia Samoyloff nata Contessa di Pahlen.

by PACINI, Giovanni

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First Edition — Primera edición
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Milano: Ricordi, 1830. First Edition — Primera edición. 232x325mm. (9¼x12¾").. Milano & Firenze, Gio. Ricordi, c.1830. Folio oblongo (232 x 325)mm. (1) hoja de título, (1) h. de índice y personajes, 266 pp., 5 láminas grabadas y coloreadas a mano en la época representando los escenarios de la obra sobre dibujos de Sanquirico. Encuadernación en pleno marroquén de época color azul marino, hilo y rueda dorada enmarcando los planos, lomera cuajada de adornos dorados, rueda dorada en los contracantos, cabeza y cortes también dorados. Primera edición de gran rareza extra ilustrado con láminas de Sanquirico. Il Talismano, con libreto de Gaetano Barniere sobre texto de Walter Scott, fue la primera representación en el Teatro alla Scala de Milán, representada el 10 de junio de 1829. El libro, todo grabado en plancha, está además ilustrado con 5 magníficas láminas grabadas en litografía y coloreadas a mano inventadas y dibujadas por Alessandro Sanquirico representando escenarios para la… Read More
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THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER.
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THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER.

by TWAIN. MARK. (Clemens. Samuel L. ).

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London, Greater London
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Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly. London. 1876. FIRST EDITION. First impression. 8vo. (7.8 x 5.9 inches). A few small marks to just a handful of pages but generally this is a clean and bright copy throughout. Finely bound in recent full red morocco. Spine with five raised bands. Gilt ruling, lettering and decorations to compartments. Single gilt ruled border on boards. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Original publishers decorative front board and spine, which is rubbed and toned, have been bound in at the rear. Overall a very good attractive copy of the true first edition of this classic book. First published in England in order to secure a British copyright, the London edition precedes the American edition by about six months.
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L'ingegnoso cittadino Don Chisciotte della Mancia. […] Hora nuovamente tradotto con fedeltà e...
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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)

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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; Suñé, 819 ("La version esta hecha con bastante fidelidad, tomada de la edición de Bruselas de 1607"); Palau, 53135. Sul traduttore, cfr. P. Scapecchi, Venezia e Firenze unite dalla prima traduzione italiana di 'Don Chisciotte', in Quixote/Chisciotte mdcv-2005. Edizioni rare e di pregio, traduzioni italiane e straniere conservate nelle biblioteche veneziane, Venezia, Sale Monumentali della Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Libreria Sansoviniana, 18 novembre 2005 – 2 gennaio 2006, Mostra a c. di D. Ferro, Catalogo a c. di A. Scarsella, Venezia 2006, pp. 33-37; S. Trovato, Andrea Baba stampatore veneziano, in Quixote/Chisciotte MDCV-2005…, pp. 39-52.
La traduzione del Franciosini sarebbe stata ripubblicata solo tre anni più tardi, nel 1625,… Read More
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La Maison du péché
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La Maison du péché

by Tinayre, Marcelle

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Used - Near fine
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Limited Edition
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Paris: Société du Livre d'Art. Imprimerie Nationale, 1909. Limited Edition. Near fine. Henri Jourdain. 4to, 10 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches ( 266 x 197 mm); pp. [6], iv, 355, ii, [6]; 66+1 colored etchings by Henri Jourdain; original blue paper wrappers bound in; printed on paper specially-made by Maison Perrigot-Masure, offset on pages opposite the etchings, otherwise paper is bright and clean. This is No. 90 of 130 copies; the first 99 destined to members of the Société du Livre d'Art. It is also one of only 5 copies to contain an EXTRA SUITE of colored etchings. Exquisite binding by E. Maylander (gilt stamped on inside front cover) in emerald green morocco, multiple concentric gilt fillets on boards with a strip of tan morocco, spine with four raised bands, compartments decorated as the boards, gilt titling, a.e.g.; doublures in tan morocco with mosaic (embossed & gilt motif of leaves and chestnuts), green silk endpapers, second set of endpapers in green and gold marbled paper; "chemise" in 3/4 green… Read More
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PLAN DE PARIS,
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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 border decorated with fleurs-de-lys, gilt edges. Contemporary binding.
First issue of the most famous antique map of Paris, called " plan de Turgot ".
James de Rothschild. 2312; Cohen 807.
It is composed of one plan of combination and of 20 engraved plates on double-page (800 x 515 mm) representing the capital, house by house, in a panoramic view. "
We propose by making this engraved map to show at a glance all the buildings and all the streets of Paris " informed the editor.
"This bird's eye map, the widest of this sort ever tackled, is known under the improper designation of 'Plan de Turgot'. It is composed (besides the map of combination) of twenty leaves that, altogether, form five ranks. Each leave as a surround of 79 centim. large on 50 high. The… Read More
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Abbildung der Gemein-Nützlichen Haupt-Stände von denen Regenten und ihrer so in Friedens als...
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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.

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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 illustrated book about crafts in the XVIIth century. illustrated with 212 copper-engravings and a frontispiece.
Bauer, Weigel 1062, 10; Lipperheide Pe.; Brunet Suppl. II. 941 ; VD17 1:081343C; BL/STC German Books W-688
According to Brunet, there is a state before the numbers, which is the case in this copy.
"First edition of Weigel's popular account of trades and crafts, a book famed for its detailed descriptions of contemporary professions and guilds. Some, like fishermen and ship's captains, were rather unusual in Nuremberg or southern Germany".
" Geschätzt wegen dekorativer, genauer Darstellungen zeitgenössischer Stände und Handwerke mit entspr. Beschreibungen, die 'einen wichtigen Einblick in Handwerk, Künste und Handel zur Zeit Weigels' (B. 836)… Read More
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Histoire philosophique et politique Des Établissemens et du Commerce des Européens dans les...

Histoire philosophique et politique Des Établissemens et du Commerce des Européens dans les deux Indes.

by DIDEROT, Denis / RAYNAL, Abbé Thomas-Guillaume-François.

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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., 472 pp. ; V/ (2) ll., 1 engraving, vii pp., 405 pp. ; VI/ (2) ll., 1 engraving, vii pp., 484 pp., pp. 281-304 bound in duplicate; VII/ (2) ff., 1 engraving, table of pp. v à xvi, 558 pp. ; VIII/ (2) ll., 1 engraving, viii pp., 548 pp. ; IX/ (2) ll., 1 engraving, table pp. v à viii, 412 pp. ; X/ (2) ll., 1 engraving, table of pp. v à vi, 538 pp.
Atlas : (2) ll., 28 pp., 1 folding map, 49 maps on double page, 23 tables including 12 folding and 1 on double page. Red morocco, double gilt fillet around the covers, flat spines very nicely decorated with special irons, inner gilt edges, gilt edges. Contemporary binding.
202 x 123 mm ; 257 x 203 mm for the atlas.
"First edition" of this "key work of the crisis of the Ancien Regime", filled with pieces of the… Read More
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Serbian medieval manuscripts - 18 ornaments
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Serbian medieval manuscripts - 18 ornaments: Artistic reproduction of the 18 most beauiful Serbian medieval manuscripts

by Svetislav Strala

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Self-published
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Hardcover
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Providence, Seychelles
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Collection of famous Serbian manuscripts, artistically reproduced by Svetislav Strala. The luxurious box contains 18 drawings of miniatures, initials and handwritten text. Strala was a painter of Polish descent, born in 1891. The drawings come in a luxurious leather box resembling medieval bindings, late XXc made by famous bookbinder Aleksandar Ćeklić.Strala came to Serbia in 1917 as an Austrian soldier. In Belgrade, he worked for a time as the manager of the modern art collection and restorer at the National Museum. From 1933 he was a drawing teacher at the gymnasium, and from 1941 he taught watercolor at the Technical Faculty. After the war, he worked as a teacher at the Faculty of Architecture.Strala has drawn over three hundred reproductions of the ornaments of medieval monasteries but his works on reproducing manuscripts is lesser known.More photos/scans available on demand.DHL shipping is included in the price. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us!
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Geographicae enarrationis libri oct. Traduit par Wilibald Pirckkeimer. Edité par Michael...
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Geographicae enarrationis libri oct. Traduit par Wilibald Pirckkeimer. Edité par Michael Villanovanus [Servetus].

by PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius.

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Lyon, Melchior et Gaspard Trechsel, 1535.
Folio [390 x 270 mm] of 149 pp., (4) pp., (180) pp. with 49 double-page maps and 1 full-page map, (75) pp., errata leaf remounted, small hole p. 101. Red morocco, double gilt fillet and border around the covers, gilt pomegranate fleurons in the center and at the corners, restored flat spine decorated in the same way, blue endpapers, gilt edges. Eighteenth century binding.
First edition of Ptolemy's geography edited by Michael Servetus in Lyons in 1535.
It is rare.
Baudrier, XII, 250 ; Mireille Pastoureau, Les Atlas français, XVIe-XVIIe siècles, pp. 380-381 ; Alden & Landès, 535-14 ; Philipps, Atlases, 364 ; Sabin 66483 ; Harrisse 210.
The brothers Melchior and Gaspard Trechsel, booksellers and printers from Lyons who were active between 1530 and 1540, bought the woodcuts of Grüninger's Ptolemy and began to produce a new edition. The text was established by Michel Servet (Villanovanus), from the translation of Pirckheimer.
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Illuminations Nouvelles. With an original, signed drawing by Raoul Dufy.
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Illuminations Nouvelles. With an original, signed drawing by Raoul Dufy.

by Dufy, Raoul / Leon-Paul Fargue

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1st Edition
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Veldhoven, Netherlands
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Paris: Textes Pretextes, 1953. Book. Fine. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Magnificent binding and matching clamshell box by French master binder Florent Rousseau.The book is bound in full black calf with patterned color (paper?) inlays. Spine lettered in various colors. The binders name printed on a matching inlay on the front paste down. Clamshell box in half-calf with corner inlays and 3 title labels on spine. Covered with velvet on the inside. With an original pencil drawing on transparent paper by Raoul Dufy bound in (32,5 x 24,5 cm.). Signed by Raoul Dufy with his initials RD in ink. Authentication stamp of Andre Robert on verso: 'Authentifie Raoul Dufy par Andre Robert'. The drawing is reproduced as a lithograph on page 73. Limited edition of 277 copies. This is number 73 of 250 copies printed by on Arches. Illustrated with full page, double page and in-text color and black & white lithographs by Raoul Dufy. 124 pp., 33 x 28 cm. (book), 35 x 23,5 cm. (box). The original… Read More
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An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China....
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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.: Taken chiefly from the papers of His Excellency the Earl of Macartney.

by STAUNTON. Sir GEORGE

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First edition.
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Printed by W. Bulmer & Co. for G. Nicol. London. 1797. FIRST EDITION. Three volumes. Complete. - Two quarto text volumes (12 x 9.4 inches), and a folio atlas of plates (16.6 x 12.3 inches). ---- Both text volumes in contemporary full brown calf boards with decorative gilt borders. Re-spined in recent brown calf with raised bands, the compartments ruled in blind, two red morocco labels, lined and lettered in gilt. Gilt inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. The atlas volume bound in recent half brown calf. Spine with raised bands, each decorated in gilt. Compartments ruled in gilt. Red title label, gilt. Marbled paper on boards. Text volumes with engraved portrait frontispiece to each, 1 plate and 26 vignettes after William Alexander et al. in all, atlas with 44 engraved views, plans, plates and maps and charts, including large folding world map, 3 natural history subjects and 25 views. Some foxing and sporadic spotting to both text and atlas, a couple of the maps have professional… Read More
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The Workes of Our Ancient and Learned English Poet, Geffrey Chaucer, Newly Printed
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The Workes of Our Ancient and Learned English Poet, Geffrey Chaucer, Newly Printed

by Chaucer, Geoffrey

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London: Adam Islip, 1602. Bound in pebbled dark brown calf, the back with five raised bands with ornate gilt decorations, a geometric gilt ruled design to the covers, marbled end papers and edges. Armorial bookplate of J. A. Knowles Renshaw front paste down. Dr. John Alfred Knowles Renshaw (1871-1926) was a noted British physician and book collector. Very Good, the leather rubbed at spine ends, corners, edges and raised bands, final two leafs and errata page repaired at bottom corner not affecting text, undecipherable writing at head of illustrated title page, lacking copperplate portrait of Chaucer surrounded by arms of his Progenie. Internally quite clean, with a few scattered spots of browning in early pages, and small hole to leaf 7 at end. [23], 179, 178-350, 353-376, [13] leaves. Title surrounded by woodcut border. Lacking initial blank [a]1, as always. Woodcuts of Chaucer's arms and of the knight, woodcut initials. Overall a quite pleasing and handsome copy of the Second Speght edition… Read More
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Robinson Crusoe. Volumes I. & II.
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Robinson Crusoe. Volumes I. & II.

by Daniel Defoe

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1790. Fine. 14 22 3.5. THIS BOOK IS UNIQUE. Hidden scene on the fore page edges (under the gilding) on both volumes. Tan calf bindings. Gilt embossed edges and centre panel on all sides. Black title plates and gilt banding and titles on the spine. Gilt on all page edges. Dimensions are for one volume. Supplied in a newly made protective box. Magnificent Fore Edge Edition Fore-edge painting: With a double concealed fore-edge painting revealing two scenes. In very good condition. The first known example of a disappearing fore-edge painting (where the painting is not visible when the book is closed) dates to 1649. Around 1750, the subject matter of fore-edge paintings changed from simply decorative or heraldic designs to landscapes, portraits and religious scenes, usually painted in full colour. The technique was popularised in the 18th century by John Brindley (1732-1756), publisher and bookbinder to the Prince of Wales and Edwards of Halifax, a distinguished family of bookbinders and booksellers. The… Read More
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