21 March 2005
MATTHEWS, William. Modern bookbinding practically considered. A lecture read before The Grolier Club of New York, March 25, 1885. New York: De Vinne Press for the Grolier Club, November 1889,
4o (250 x 200 mm). With 8 reproductions. FINE CONTEMPORARY GOLD-TOOLED AND MOSAIC BINDING BY BRADSTREET'S OF NEW YORK: red morocco, covers and spine inlaid with grey-green and citron morocco, outlined with gilt fillets, to an early and bold Art Nouveau design of stylized foliage, olive morocco doublures inlaid with maroon and fawn morocco border of strapwork design, two rectangular frames inlaid with green morocco, the central panel with multiple fillets and floral ornament to a repeat pattern, signed by the binder on front turn-in, top edges gilt, uncut. Provenance: Brentano's, New York booksellers (typed description) -- Christie's NY, 14 December 1984, lot 104.
LIMITED EDITION OF 300 COPIES ON HOLLAND PAPER. Bradstreet's were among the most accomplished binders in late-19th-century America, although very little seems to be known about the firm. This is an outstanding example of their best work. BBB Wittockiana 44; B.H. Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature p. 19.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Using responsibly sourced materials, 14 jewellery designers have produced gorgeous one-off pieces for an annual showcase supported by Christie’s
Why collectors are in thrall to the extraordinary craftsmanship behind the creation of the ultimate bag, an example of which is offered in London on 12 December