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8vo. self paper wrappers. xii, 108 pages. The original 1903 edition privately printed in 100 copies by DeVinne Press in New York (See Besterman 905). From the Samuel Putnam Avery Collection. Six-page historical introduction on Avery by Charles Alexander Nelson followed by the well-annotated catalogue. The first exhibition of bookbinding literature ever held (Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature, p.20). This scarce catalogue, privately published, describes important books in the history of the literature of bookbinding, as well as important book bindings of the XVIth to the XIXth century from the collection of Samuel Putnam Avery. Avery was the founder of the famous Avery Architectural Library at Columbia University, and his collection of bookbindings was formed with the intention of contributing to that collection. The catalogue is in two parts, the first showing in chronological order the works on bookbinding practical and historical, Nos. 1 to 120 bis. The catalogue describes the most important as well as the earliest published practical works on the subject in English and French. Part two, covering Nos. 121 to 243, describes specimens of bindings for their merit as works of art for the time in which it was made, and include his own commissions from Cobden-Sanderson, Marius Michel, Annie S. Macdonald, and the Guild of Women-Binders. The bindings in this section are arranged chronologically. German blind-stamped bindings are described, as are Italian gold-tooled bindings and the famous Lyonnese painted bindings. Full collations are provided. In all, 243 items are described. A scarce title. Self-paper wrappers are chipped around the edges. Front cover detached, else near fine condition.