HOE, Robert (1839-1909) -- One hundred and seventy-six historic and artistic book-bindings dating from the fifteenth century to the present time, pictured after the originals selected from the library of Robert Hoe. New York: De Vinne Press for Dodd, Mead, & Company, 1895.
Large 4o (354 x 272 mm), 2 volumes. LIMITED EDITION OF 2OO COPIES ON IMPERIAL JAPANESE PAPER. 178 plates (15 in color).
BOUND FOR ROBERT HOE BY THE CLUB BINDERY, New York 1905: gold-tooled green morocco, over heavy pasteboard, two sets of triple fillets on sides, outer border of drawer handles, inner border of floral ornament, surrounding a wide dentelle composed of individual tools including the collector's monogram in the corners, spines decorated in compartments with the same tools and lettered, dark blue morocco doublures with roll-tooled borders, gilt edges, (color of the spines faded). Provenance: Robert Hoe, printer, with Pierpont Morgan the most important New York book collector of the turn of the century, first president of the Grolier Club, founder and patron of the Club Bindery (bookplate, 1911-13 Anderson Galleries sale, lot 1706) -- T.J. Coolidge, Jr. (armorial bookplate) -- Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow (1985 acquisitions inscription).
An important and lavishly produced album of binding reproductions, which much influenced American book collecting. The etchings were done by F. Raubicheck, the lithographs by Prang and Julius Bien, the artotypes by Edward Bierstadt.
ROBERT HOE'S OWN COPY. The Club Bindery was run by several European craftsmen -- Léon Maillard being the most talented finisher -- imported by members of the Grolier Club. In the 15 years of its existence the Bindery produced the best work in America.