21 March 2005
STOCKBAUER, Jacob. Abbildungen von Mustereinbänden aus der Blüthezeit der Buchbinderkunst. Leipzig: W. Drugulin for Adolf Titze, [c. 1889].
2o (397 x 305 mm). 40 heliogravure reproductions of historical bookbindings in libraries at Dresden, Gotha, Weimar and Wolfenbüttel, by A. Naumann & Schroeder.
RETROSPECTIVE BINDING BY JOSEPH WILLIAM ZAEHNSDORF, c. 1890: gold-tooled maroon morocco, outer frame inlaid with black morocco, large hatched tools in the corners and at the sides of the covers, the field semé with fleurs-de-lys, spine similarly decorated and lettered, fillets and hatched tools on turn-ins, endpapers imitating Renaissance brocade, top edges gilt, signed by the binder on front turn-in, printed front wrapper bound in, (joints and covers a little rubbed). Provenance: Michel Wittock (bookplate).
Before Theodor Gottlieb's seminal work on the historical bookbindings in the Imperial Court Library (Vienna 1910), no Germanic study of bindings has scholarly value apart from its reproductions. Stockbauer's volume of plates is impressive and its record of fine bindings in Saxon libraries useful. Joseph Zaehnsdorf the younger (1853-1930) succeeded his father as head of London's busiest atelier in 1886. His talent as a craftsman was greater than as a designer, but the retrospective binding on Stockbauer is entirely successful. BBB Wittockiana 45.
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