Bibliothèque Raphaël Esmerian.
Sumptuously illustrated throughout with tipped-in plates (many in superb color) & text illus. 6 vols. including the Supplement to Part 2. Large 4to, orig. cloth (several spines faded). Paris: [1972-74].
The magnificently produced auction catalogue of one of the greatest collections of the last century of fine bindings, manuscripts, and illustrated books from the 14th century to the present day. Esmerian collected only the finest possible examples.
The supplement — “Douze Tableaux Synoptiques sur la Reliure au XVIIe Siècle” — contains the first analysis of French 17th century pointillé bindings by workshop.
Very good set.
❧ Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature, p. 19.
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