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Binding, Fine- Very Early Monastery Hill Binding- Extra-Illustrated under the Direction of Edward Hertzberg, original Founder of the Firm] William Shakespeare

Hugo, Victor Two Volumes: Expanded into Extra-Illustrated volumes (see below). Superbly bound by the Monastery Hill Bindery (unsigned, but documented, per below, and through descent provenance) in full maroon crushed morocco with rectilinear design motif, shields, stylized bird, etc on both covers, wide inner dentelles with elaborate gilt ruling. The book has been personally assembled by Ernst Hertzberg, the original founder and principal first binder of the firm in 1902, of the Monastery Hill Binder. From "Exhibit of Bookbinding," St. Louis, Ringer & Hertzberg, 1904, this important documentation explaining the incredible origination of this extra-illustrated volume: "This work was especially gotten up by Ernst Hertzberg for the Universal Exposition of 1904, to show the art of Bookbinding in this line in America. Provenance: Through descent through Hertzberg family and Monastery Hill Bindery. Extra-Illustrated with "many Copper and Steel Plates, Etchings and Photogravures, extended into two volumes," printed on title-page, which has been adapted by Hertzberg to contain additional information. As well, printed in red at bottom of title page: "This was especially gotten up for the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition, St. Louis, 1904, to show the Art of Bookbinding in America by Ernst Hertsberg, 110 Randolf St. Chicago. Spines slightly worn at margins, a nicely preserved set of important historical reference.

Binding, Fine- Durvand] Mohammed Prophete D’Allah

Dinet, E., Sliman Ben Ibrahim First edition thus. Thick folio size. Exquisitely bound by Durvand, master French binder in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, known for his elaborate and technically excellent gilt application, tooling and design. An impressive and finely gilt-tooled work, bound in sumptuous full dark green crushed cape levant. The front and back covers lavishly impressed and tooled in gilt comprising an oval central medallion with red tracery designs within a solid gold background. With recessed cords on spine giving a deep design in relief, with one elongated panel of Arabic design incorporating three red onlays and title in Arabic in center. Elaborate gilt dentelles with 5 fillet lines, watered green silk panels and flyleaf. Single glit rule along the edges of the boards.Top edges finely gilt. Signed on the front lower dentelle, "Durvand Rel. [Relieure, or "binder"). The book is scarce and one of the finer illustrated books of this genre published in the 20th Century, 173pp. No. 622 form an edition 0f 800. Printed with lavish color plates in full color, 38 full-page colored plates with lettered tissue guards, many illuminated with gold. The illustrations are by E. Dinet and decorations by de Mohammed Racim. Very slight wear to joints. A fine copy of a binding one would expect to find with faults due to its size and weight, but this example is amazingly bright and fresh. Housed in a leather-edged French Marble paper slipcase.
Pear Tree Press- Seven Volumes of the Elf] The Elf

Pear Tree Press- Seven Volumes of the Elf] The Elf, Seven Scarce Numbers, James Guthrie

Guthrie, James Offered here is an extremely rare gathering of seven of the first eight volumes of the Pear Tree Press forerunner, "The Elf," produced and copiously illustrated by James Guthrie, including the three of early numbers, 1899-190 in larger format, with the scarce inserted Guthrie plates (rarely found). As well, the four complete numbers of "The Elf- A Sequence of the Seasons," 1902-1904, in fine condition. 1) "The Elf, A Little Book," No. 2, Winter. Ingrave, 1899, Peartree Cottage. Original purple wrappers with cover vignette by Guthrie, original ties at spine. With scarce six inserted plates by Guthrie at end, as issued: "I- was young Isaac," "M- was the Music," "The Court of Love," "The Angel of Death," "To the River," and "TFG, A Book plate." 250 copies for sale. Some wear and discoloration to covers, VG. 2) "The Elf, A Little Book," Spring Number. Shorne near Gravesend, April, 1900. Winter Number. 300 copies printed. Original beige wrappers with pictorial cover by Guthrie. With scarce six inserted plates by Guthrie at end, as issued: "The Queen," "Will O' The Wisp," "City in the Sea," "The Pool," "The Avenue," and "Ophelia Fowler Duhme." Very good copy. 3) "The Elf, A Little Book," Summer Number. Shorne, near Gravesend, August, 1900. Original green wrappers (faded) with pictorial cover by Guthrie. With scarce five inserted plates by Guthrie at end: U- An Umbrella," "Y- was the Yachtsman," "The Changeling," "Echo," "Amor Omnia Vincit." Covers neatly detached. Very good. 4-7) "The Elf, A Sequence of the Seasons," London, The Old Bourne Press, all designed and illustrated by James Guthrie and printed at the Old Bourne Press [Pear Tree Press forerunner] under the supervision of W. Herbert Broome, 1902-1904, each 25-27pp, and each copies #149 (hand written) of an edition of 250 copies. Guthrie later used the same type appearing in these volumes in the Pear Tree Press books. All four volumes in fine condition. An exceedingly scarce set of seven numbers of this groundbreaking achievement in period design and book illustration.

Binding, Fine- The Monastery Hill Bindery] A Century of Fashions (Manuscript and Extra-Illustrated Compendium of 100 Fine Color Engravings)

Folio size. A striking and very early 20h Century Monastery Hill Binding in wonderful turquoise blue fine crushed morocco with four superb large onlay design motifs at each corner, surrounded by intricate gilt ruling, and vine and leaf groupings, each connected through rectilinear gilt framing, repeated on both covers. Spine with five raised bands, each with gilt ruling and five compartments with elaborate gilt rectangular designs, each with central maroon blossom only. Singe gilt ruling along each side edge of boards. Elaborate gilt-tooled wide dentelles with two sets of border designs, gorgeous watered silk blue moire doublures and endsheets. Manuscript title page with calligraphic lettering and floret weaving, in black and light blue watercolor, highlighted in gold. A wonderful concept book, with each engraving mounted on its own page, in chronological order based on the publication issue of the engraving, and, in most cases, the date is printed text or caption credit of the engraving, so that the book proceeds from plate 1, for example, "Morning Dress for August, 1800," onward 100 plates to the final, "The Delineator," October, 1899. A wonderful and extremely pleasing and historically informative blend of binding and book. Very fine, with no signs of wear. House in the original silk blue folders, lined with smooth marbled paper, which neatly fits over the book, and together, the book and jacket fit into a matching custom slipcase with large black morocco spine, with five raised bands, gilt lettering in second compartment.