21 March 2005
ZAEHNSDORF, Joseph William (1853-1930). The art of bookbinding. London: Dryden Press, J. Davy and Sons, 1880.
8o (200 x 130 mm). 10 plates, numerous illustrations. CONTEMPORARY GOLD-TOOLED AND MOSAIC BINDING BY BRADSTREET'S OF NEW YORK: red morocco, sides and spine inlaid with maroon, green and tan morocco to a design of leafy arabesques, gilt fillets and leafy tendrils, gold-tooled turn-ins, front turn-in signed by the binder, top edges gilt, others uncut. Folding cloth case.
"Hardly anything can be discovered of the firm of Bradstreet's. Robert Hoe refers to him in his Lecture on Bookbinding 1876, page 35: 'One word for the art of bookbinding in our own country. All that has been, or is worthy of our consideration here is contemporary. We have three binders whose work is favorably known to American amateurs, viz.: Smith, Bradstreet and Matthews (father and son)'... Joseph William Zaehnsdorf was the son of Joseph Zaehnsdorf (1816-1886), a native of Budapest, who had learned his trade in Stuttgart and Vienna, and proceeded via Zurich, Freiburg, and Baden-Baden to London where he settled in 1837 to become one of the best known 'West End' commercial binders. His son, after spending three years at school in France and being subsequently apprenticed to a bookbinder in Cologne, joined him in London, taking over the business some years before his death" (BBB Wittockiana 41). FINE CONDITION. BBB Harvard 45.
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