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Library of Robert Hoe, The
New York: Duprat & Co., 1895. - A French Art Nouveau Masterpiece Binding by Salvatore David[DAVID, S., binder]. BIERSTADT, O.A. The Library of Robert Hoe. A Contribution to the History of Bibliophilism in America. With One Hundred and Ten Illustrations Taken From Manuscripts and Books in the Collection. New York: Duprat & Co., 1895. First edition, one of 350 numbered copies, this being copy no. 70. Octavo (9 x 5 3/4 in; 228 x 146 mm). xii, [2], 224 pp. 110 black and white illustrations, many full page. Bound by Salvatore David (stamped signed "S. David" to front doublure) in contemporary brown crushed morocco in an Art Nouveau/Arts & Crafts-inspired design with elaborately blindtooled panels to both covers highlighted by gilt cornerpieces and small gilt diamonds with foliate centers. Crimson doublures with decorative gilt frame and cornerpieces. Black ribbed-linen endleaves, marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. A superlative copy. Housed in a fleece-lined marbled slipcase with morocco tips and fore-edge. Salvatore David (1859-1929) "was the son of Bernard David, a noted Second Empire binder-gilder who worked for [Leon] Gruel before establishing his own atelier in 1855. On his father's retirement in 1890, David took over the bindery and initially applied a similar, classically inspired range of ornaments to his covers. But by 1900, after applying himself to the production of commercial and library bindings without much success, he turned to éditions de luxe [as here],which he decorated with a blend of gold fillets and garlanded flowers in a compelling and original manner. In 1907, he moved his shop from 12 rue Guénégaud to 49 rue le Peletier, where he remained until his death. Important collectors of his work included René Descamps-Scrive and Freund-Deschamps" (Duncan & De Bartha, Art Nouveau and Art Deco Boookbinding, French Masterpieces 1880-1940, pp. 189-190).Robert Hoe III (1839-1909 London) was an American businessman and producer of printing press equipment. He succeeded Richard March Hoe as head of R. Hoe & Company, which continued its preeminence among printing-press makers. He was one of the organizers and first president of the Grolier Club, the well-known New York organization for the promotion of bookmaking as an art. He was an extensive collector of rare books and manuscripts as well as silver, miniatures, and other art objects, his collections at the time of his death being valued at several million dollars. The catalogues of his library were unique and valuable from both a typographical and bibliographical standpoint. [Attributes: First Edition]
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