Paris: Ém. Paul, L. Huard et Guillemin, 1893.
First edition, no. 9 of 20 large-paper copies on Japon Impérial, of a total edition of 650 copies. 32 plates (1 folding), numerous illustrations in text, with additional suite of 47 double-page photogravures by Jules Jacqueneau of historic bindings bound-in at rear. vii, [i], 416,  pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Full dark purple crushed morocco, covers tooled in gilt with wide double filet border with curling leaf and floral tools at corners, spine with raised bands, wide gilt turn-ins, silk doublures and endsheets, t.e.g, original warppers bound-in, by Pétrus Ruban. Minor surface wear at extremities, else fine. Brenni 523. Provenance: Phiroze K. Randeria (bookplate). Item #306704
A classic work on early French bookbinding, comprising a history of the bookbinding trade in Paris, a study of the progression of binding styles, and a useful biographical dictionary of binders. This copy in a fine rococo binding by Pétrus Ruban (1851-1929).
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