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Plants of New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand: Whitcombe and Tombs, Ltd., 1906. First edition. Thick quarto. Magnificently bound by Eleanor Joachim, signed in gilt rear dentelle, "19 M.E.J. 08." A stunning binding this pupil of Sangorski and Sutcliffe on fine full niger heavily gilt tooled with prominent stylized "Rata" tree on cover, similar leaf motifs on rear cover, spine and wide dentelles. Joachim, a master bookbinder and native New Zealander, travelled to ondon in April of 1903 to learn the craft of bookbinding under Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Upon her return, she set up shop in Dunedin and remained an active designer of custom bookbindings from 1904-1917, exhibiting with the Otago Art Society, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and Auckland's Arts and Crafts Club. She also won silver medal and special prize at a prestigious Melbourne Exhibiition. In a recent article by Margery Blackman, Joachim's own personal workbook was described with designs for bindings on paper. The present binding design is pictured, and Blackman writes: "Of special interest are... two for Laing and Blackwell's 'Plants of New Zealand," one of which features a flowering rata tree (it is recorded that this ws presented to Queen Alexandra)... a copy of this was publication, signed '19 M.E.J. 08' was seen in London in the 1990's." A magnificent and exceedingly scarce Joachim binding with a sterling history. Corners slightly worn. Fine.
      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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