French, Hannah Dustin, Joseph W. Rogers, and, Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt BOOKBINDING IN AMERICA: THREE ESSAYS Early American Bookbinding by Hand / The Rise of American Edition Binding / On the Rebinding of Old Books
Portland, ME Southworth-Anthoensen Press 1941 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in New dust jacket
B&W Illustrations; Spine ends & corners of book covers have a bit of extremely light bumping and rubbing. Green illustrated paper covered boards have black cloth corner tips and spine with gilt lettering to the spine of the book. The text pages are clean and bright. Endpapers are a solid cream color. A previous owner's inked name is on the front pastedown page and then scribbled over with black marker pen (you can still see the name & 1942 date however). Bottom and fore edges are un trimmed. Top edge is trimmed and has darkened over time. This book contains three long essays on the subject of bookbinding: Early American Bookbinding by Hand by Hannah Dustin French, The Rise of American Edition Binding by Joseph W. Rogers, and, On the Rebinding of Old Books by Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt. The volume is profusely illustrated with both black and white photographs and black and white illustrations. There are 72 illustrations and one fold over plate showing different type sizes from the Newberry Library Bindery. This copy is MISSING the accompanying slipcase. Overall, a nice clean, bright copy. "Among the men and women who bound books for our ancestors in Colonial times and in the days of the young Republic there were some of great talent and skill. But we know only a few of them by name and not many bindings have survived. Thes precious specimens of colonial design and craftsmanship are scattered through many libraries, private and public, where they have remained often unobsered and unidentified."