An Excellent & Richly Illustrated History

of French Bookbinding

La Reliure en France de ses Origines à nos Jours.

Three colored frontis., 251 fine plates (some in color), & numerous illus. & figures in the text. Three vols. Large 4to, attractive modern morocco-backed cloth (spines with a few unimportant stains), spines lettered in gilt. Paris: J. Rousseau-Girard, 1959-61.

This extraordinary work, limited to 900 copies, provides a richly illustrated history of bookbinding in France from the earliest days until the mid-20th century. In the first volume, the author, himself a well-known binder, provides a technical account of the art of bookbinding and then gives a historical sketch up to 1700. Vol. II continues the historical account from 1700 to 1850. In Vol. III, Devauchelle relates the main trends from 1850 to the mid-1950s. Each volume contains an excellent bibliography and, in Vols. II and III, there are biographical sketches of the leading binders of each period.

Fine set. The plates, many of which are in color, are of the highest quality.

❧ Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature, p. 21–“Volumes II and III, dealing with the nineteenth and the present centuries, are replete with information on the life, work and styles of the binders of those periods.”.

Price: $2,950.00

Item ID: 4946

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