INLAID DESIGNER BINDING BY VIDA G. BENEDICT
(BINDING) MARTIN, Henry, editor. La Grammaire des Styles. Paris: Librairie d’Art R. Ducher, (1928). Octavo, mid 20th-century full dark blue close-grain morocco gilt, raised bands, inlaid designs in colored leathers on front and rear covers, patterned doublures, marbled free endpapers, marbled top edge, uncut. Housed in matching marbled slipcase. $600.
Third edition of six architectural surveys in Martin’s series La Grammaire des Styles, bound together in a signed binding, inlaid with a motif of clustering birds, by Vida G. Benedict.
This collection of six numbers in Martin’s series of treatises on architecture, includes “La Renaissance Italienne,” “L’Art Grec et l’Art Romain,” “L’Art Musulman,” “L’Art Égyptien,” “L’Art Indien [et] L’Art Chinois,” and “L’Art Japonais.” Vida G. Benedict, of Buffalo, New York, a skilled designer binder, is listed by Lawrence Thompson in his survey “Hand Bookbinding in the United States.”