WITH 72 PLATES OF FINE BINDINGS BY FRENCH MASTERS: MODERN BINDING, 1887
(BINDINGS) UZANNE, Octave. La Reliure Moderne, Artistique et Fantaisiste. Paris: Edouard Rouveyre, 1887. Quarto, early 20th-century three-quarter brown crushed morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut; original pictorial paper wrappers and spine bound in. $850.
First and only edition of this illustrated survey of late 19th-century French binding styles, number 87 of only 1500 copies printed, with engraved frontispiece and 72 full-page photographic illustrations of fine bindings. Handsomely bound by Stikeman.
Richly illustrated with examples of the works of such 19-century masters as Chambolle-Duru, Bernard David, Gruel-Engelmann (one of the oldest binderies in Paris), Emile Carayon, Marius-Michel, Amand, Petit, Champs, and others, with a special emphasis on bindings of haute fantaisie’ that display some of the design tendencies that would eventually become known as Art Nouveau. Text in French.