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John Mitchell, Gold Finishing - signed by John Mitchell
The first and best step by step instruction book to this most difficult subject. Includes a chapter on how to fix mistakes! Sewn paperback. First edition, signed by John Mitchell.

John Mitchell, Edge Decoration - signed by John Mitchell
Like his book on Gold Finishing, this book provides step-by-step instruction on most forms of edge decoration from marbling to full gilt edges with foredge paintings. Sewn paperback. First edition, signed by John Mitchell.

Rob Shepherd, Hand Made Books
This is by far the best introductory book that we have ever seen. Though it is geared for the beginner using a minimal amount of equipment, there are still many well thought out tricks of the trade for the advanced binder. We cannot recommend this book enough.

Diderot Encyclopedia Prints
The famous Diderot Encyclopedia of 1781 was the first book to give a detailed description of the principal eighteenth century trades, including the craft of bookbinding and marbling paper. The bookbinding section is made up of six copper engraved plates and two additional plates on marbling. This set of plates we are offering for sale have been reproduced from the originals in a collection in London and also includes the three text pages, and a translation from French into English. Size 17" x 14", portrait.

Bernard C. Middleton, History of English Craft Bookbinding Technique
Now updated and expanded by master craftsman and noted bookbinding historian, Bernard C. Middleton, this classic bookbinding work describes the English bookbinding processes, materials and equipment used by English craftsmen, including the firms of fine binders.

Since his apprenticeship at the British Museum, Bernard Middleton has established a position as one of the foremost craftsmen binders and book restorers in the British Isles. This work now contains more than 60 additional pages and illustrations, plus a new comprehensive index, revised by Dr. Marianne Tidcombe.

Marianne Tidcombe, Women Bookbinders 1880-1929
During the period 1880-1920, the number of women craft bookbinders increased dramatically. In this, the first major study of its kind, Marianne Tidcombe provides a timely and authoritative introduction to the role and work of women craft binders during the period. Superbly illustrated throughout, with 32 color plates and over 100 black and white photographs.

Frank Broomhead, The Zaehnsdorfs (1842-1947)
Now out of print, we have a few new copies of this book left. Filled with photographs, this fascinating history of the well known firm of West End bookbinders tells the story of one of London's finest Victorian firms. We still find at book fairs today beautifully bound books, which upon opening have the binders signature Zaehnsdorf.

Maggs Bros. Ltd, Bookbinding in the British Isles, catalogue 1212
This large format (8"x12",426 pages) two volume catalogue from one of London's finest antiquarian book stores, presents one of the finest collections of fine bindings ever assembled for sale. Full size photographs both in color and black and white of bindings are presented on almost every page spread, along with detailed descriptions of the bindings and binders. It is the next best thing to having unlimited access to one of the major English museum collections. Supplies are limited.

Pascal Alivon, Styles et Modeles
Written in French, this book describes the history and styles of French finishing tools. It is filled with numerous illustrations of bindings, individual tools, and how the tools were combined to form particular styles. Even without reading French, the book is a great asset to anyone interested in finishing tools, reproducing earlier styles, or the history of this specialized branch of bookbinding. It also serves as Alivon's complete catlogue of finishing tools (please see the section on Alivon Finishing tools).

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