Museum Bound

October 31, 2015 at 11:02 am (books, entertainment) (, )

VERY interesting article in this week’s Seven Days:

collection bound

A southern Vermont book store (which I haven’t visited in AGES) used to carry a LOT of these “illustrated” bindings, so I’ve seen some “in the flesh” (how ghoulish a thought! considering today is Halloween…). A Burlington collector, Kathleen Roberts, will see her collection of nineteenth (and twentieth) century books become part of the collections of the American Bookbinders Museum. Alas: all the way out in San Francisco…

I’ve some older books – though never purchased for their bindings (and never very costly – or collectible).

GREAT fun to read about the items wanted by the Museum! Things like, a cloth embossing press (which does what you THINK it does: embosses fabric for covers); photographs; ephemera related to books & bindings. And it must be a wonderful museum to volunteer at! Still, rather sad to think of someone’s “home collection” now in a “museum” – rather like finding one’s goods & chattels in the neighborhood “antique store”! (been there…)

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Book Bindings: the Edwardses of Halifax

September 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm (books, history, research) (, , )


To piggyback on my previous blog post (on the Electronic British Library Journal), I spent last night reading this FASCINATING account of book binding in the (mainly) eighteenth century. I felt a bit at a loss, not SEEING the book bindings and having little idea, for I lack the grasp on the terminology the author assumes, but that makes _me_ want to seek out more information and give it another read. How I’ve love to see their vellum technique, especially. And the book described that was made for Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire sounds exquisite!  I’ll update this post as I find pertinent links to either images or book binding terms. Or: if YOU know of some, let me know!


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Austen First Editions

November 6, 2011 at 8:48 am (books) (, , )

While looking for something totally different (isn’t that usually the case!?!), I came across a listing for quite a number of Austen early editions that are for sale. Yow! the prices:

15 volumes, complete; Variously in first, second and third editions, in uniform 19th century half vellum: $39,327.46
(with a supposed shipping cost, from UK to US, of only $6.52!)

  • 2nd edition for Sense & Sensibility (1813); Pride & Prejudice is a 3rd edition (in 2 vols??) (1817); Mansfield Park, 2nd edition; Emma, 1st edition; Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, 1st edition. Owners name: JH Calcott/1845 is written in all volumes. Provenance of the collection, written  in various hands, in Vol. 1 of Northanger Abbey! Spans the years 1818 (when purchased in Edinburgh) to 1949. Bound in Oxford in 1896. “Viewing” by appointment only.

A first edition Pride & Prejudice (1813), 3 vols. Previous owners name seems to read Catherine Bouverie: $41,785.42

Another copy of P&P; described as in handsome calf covers, with morocco-covered spines : $48,000

Another copy of P&P: $75,000

I leave you to look over the used books listings yourself.

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