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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 by CELINE Louis-Ferdinand

Paris: Gallimard, 1957. Fine. Gallimard, Paris 1957, 14x20,5cm, relié sous étui. - First edition, one of 45 numbered copies on Hollande van Gelder vellum paper, the tirage de tête.   Black morocco by Semet et Plumelle, spine with red morocco listels...

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

€23,000.00


The Poems of William Shakespeare by SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

Middlesex: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Book. Fine. Leather. 1st of This Edition. Octavo. 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 in...

From Contact Editions

$20,000.00


SET OF WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTOPHER ROBIN FIRST EDITIONS. 4 Volumes.-- When We were very young. -- Winnie the Pooh. -- Now We are Six. -- The House at Pooh Corner. by MILNE. A. A. --- E. H. Shepard, Illustrates

Methuen and Co. London. 1924 - 28. FIRST EDITIONS. Four volumes. 8vo. (7.3 x 5 inches). Illustrated throughout with wonderful line drawings by E. H. Shepard. When We Were Very Young second state with page number ix present. Fine, crisp and clean copies t...

From Paul Foster Books

£14,000.00


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). Complete. Text volumes in contemporary full brown calf boards with decorati...

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, all text complete. Decorated with woodcut engraved ornamental title page and engraved h...

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. Church...

From Paul Foster Books

£12,500.00


SCRIPTORES REI MILITARIS, DE RE MILITARI. by VEGETIUS, Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus.:

Impressum Rome per Eucharium Silber: alias Franck. Anno domini Mcccclxxxvii (1487). Septimo Idus Iunii.. INCUNABLE 1487. First collected edition issued by Silber, divided into 4 parts: De re militari; Aelianus Tacticus: De instruendis aciebus [translated...

From Roger Middleton

£8,900.00


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


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


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


THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER. by TWAIN. MARK. (Clemens. Samuel L. )

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 wit...

From Paul Foster Books

£5,750.00


TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES. A pure woman by HARDY. THOMAS

Osgood McIlvane and Co. London. 1891. FIRST EDITION. Three volumes. 8vo. (7.1 x 4.8 inches). 1st issue points in all three volumes. Complete with half titles. Finely bound, by Bayntun-Riviere, in full dark green crushed Morocco bindings. Spines with rais...

From Paul Foster Books

£5,500.00


HISTOIRE PHILOSOPHIQUE ET POLITIQUE. Des etablissemens et du commerce des Europeans dans les Deux Indes by RAYNAL. GUILLAUME THOMAS. + (BONNE. RIGOBERT)

Jean Leonard Pellet. Geneva. 1780. THIRD, AND DEFINITIVE EDITION. Ten 8vo text volumes (8 x 5.3 inches) and one 4to atlas volume (10.4 x 8.1 inches). Engraved portrait of Raynal in volume one, nine frontispieces, and the atlas volume with 50 engraved map...

From Paul Foster Books

£4,750.00


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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