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Twelve Centuries of Bookbindings, 400-1600 - Needham, Paul - 1600. 
- Pierpont Morgan Library, NY/ Oxford Univ. Press, London, Large 4to, xxvii, 338 pp, 100 plates including 7 in color (frontispiece tipped in). Appropriately in a superb designer binding of full dark green morocco, covers panelled and stamped with leafy gilt designs with dots of red morocco inlays, backstrip with raised gilt bands and red morocco inlays, all edges brilliantly gauffred with abstract gilt patterns on a green background. As new in the original quarter morocco suede-lined box. Fine catalogue of one hundred bookbindings from the Pierpont Morgan Library dating from the 5th to the 16th centuries and arranged chronologically to chart the development of styles and techniques. This copy appropriately in a superb designer binding by Fritz Eberhardt (signed in the back). Eberhardt was one of Germany's finest binders of the 20th century and after a fine career in Germany moved to Pennsylvania where he lived and worked from 1956 until his death in 1997.The catalogue includes four Coptic bindings of the fifth to tenth centuries, ten medieval treasure bindings of the early ninth to twelfth centuries and later leather bindings from the Middle East and Europe. Each entry is fully described and accompanied by a full-page illustration, with seven of the plates in color. Three essays cover (1) the emergence of the codex and early Christian bindings, (2) the production of medieval ecclesiastical book covers fashioned from precious metals and enriched with gems, and (3) the development of early medieval leather bindings. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller, ABAA]
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