The Tradition of Fine Bookbinding
in the Twentieth Century

The Tradition of Fine Bookbinding in the Twentieth Century

Compiled by Bernadette G. Callery and Elizabeth A. Mosimann. Essays by Jean Gunner, Bernard Middleton and Marianne Titcombe. 1979. 120 pp.; 20 color, 72 b&w figs.; 8 1/4 x 11 3/4"; 1.9 lbs. Published jointly with Davis & Warde, Inc., Pittsburgh. Set in Bembo monotype and printed on Curtis Hunt no. 2 paper. Pictorial hard cover. ISBN 0-913196-28-2. Out-of-print.

Issued in conjunction with a 1979 exhibit, this book serves as an introductory text to the art of bookbinding. Bernard Middleton contributes the book’s foreword. In “Cobden-Sanderson and the Arts and Crafts movement,” Marianne Titcombe details the history of bookbinding and the role of T. J. Cobden-Sanderson. Jean Gunner’s “Techniques in rebinding books at the Hunt Institute” outlines the Institute’s approach to bookbinding and preservation. The book contains a detailed description and color or black-and-white photos of the 92 bindings from the 16th to 20th centuries featured in the exhibit.

A 1979 binding by Jean Gunner of Francis Bacon's Of Gardens (Chelsea on Thames, Swan Press, 1928).

A 1978 binding by Jean Gunner of Caspar Commelin's Praeludia Botanica ad Publicas Plantarum Exoticarum Demonstrationes (Leyden, F. Haringh, 1703).


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