Offered here is a rare and unusual collection of designs and drawings, the work of what appears to be a single binder for Riviere & Son, from the late 1920's, with a very few possibly later. There are 8 large designs for spines with some drawings, tool impressions, two of which are in color; 4 smaller designs for spines; 7 small "snippets" of tooling designs; 7 front cover designs (some drawings, some with tool impressions); 26 rubbings of bindings (covers, spines, etc., various sizes); 4 miscellaneous: a sheet of oasis leather samples used for the Andrew Lang Fairy Books, tool roll samples for a set of Shakespeare, a small piece of paper with what looks to be time studies for various bindings (e.g. ìΩ Plain 50 minî), spine design samples from various sets of English authors, sheet with various pictorial tools used and which authors, titles, etc. to use them (e.g. a witch on a broom and ìThe Arthur Rackham Fairy Bookî). A variety of paper has been used in these examples, some thicker, but much of it quite fine, i.e. tissue quality. Some small tears and browning from being folded for decades, but overall, most pieces in nice shape. A most scarce archive of original bookbinding records from one of the most famous bookbinding companies in the history of modern bookbinding.
Price: $1,850.00 Item #4697