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First book to include a photograph of a bookbinding  

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Notices of Sculpture in Ivory... and a Catalogue of Specimens of Ancient Ivory-Carvings in Various Collections... With Nine Photographic Illustrations, by J.A. Spencer

Wyatt, M. Digby


Arundel Society



[viii], 54 pp. Nine mounted albumen photographs. (4to) original leather-backed color-printed boards. First Edition.

First edition of the first book to include a photograph of a bookbinding. Three of the plates are photographs of bindings made of ivory, one in the BN, one in Milan Cathedral Library, and one in a private collection. The text also records the existence and location of several other ivory-carved book bindings. The plates show European pieces from the 6th to the 14th centuries with their locations, illustrated in a series of nicely reproduced albumen prints of varied size. The author notes that it took a long time to make the large number of photographic prints for the book. Gernsheim - Incunabula of British Photographic Literature, no. 51.

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Spine ends chipped, light wear, bookplate; foxing; very good.

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