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Oliver Austin Illustrated by Arthur Singer Edited by Herbert S Zim Foreword by Peter Scott
Birds of the World: A Survey of the Twenty-Seven Orders and One Hundred and Fifty-Five Families
London: Paul Hamlyn, 1961 [Copyright]. Fine full vellum binding by Roger Powell with his mark [initials “RP.” – R reversed] to the rear paste down in the leather at the base of the board. Gilt birds in flight decoration to the boards and spine, spine slightly yellowed with age. Structurally sound and intact. All page edges gilt, minor marks and scratches to the vellum. Roger Powell OBE (17 May 1896 – 16 October 1990) was an English bookbinder. Powell was born in London. He was educated at Bedales School, of which his father was co-founder. He served as a signals officer in the Royal Flying Corps in World War I and then became a poultry farmer. In 1930 he began training as a bookbinder at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. After he completed the course he opened his own bindery, then became a partner with Sandy Cockerell in the major bindery of Cockerell & Son in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. He also taught part-time at the Central School until 1943, when he moved to the Royal College of Art, where he taught until his retirement in 1956. There he was succeeded by his best pupil Peter Waters. Powell left Cockerell & Son in 1947 and again set up his own bindery in Froxfield, Hampshire. Here he did some of his most notable work, including the rebinding of the Book of Kells and Book of Durrow in 1953, the Lichfield Gospels in 1962, and work on many other important historical manuscripts. He studied, but did not alter, the oldest European leather binding to survive, that of the Stonyhurst or St Cuthbert Gospel, and his two chapters on the binding in books edited by Bat … [Click Below for Full Description]
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