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The interest which is now taken in fine and historic bindings has led to the production of many elaborate and costly works on the subject. Among them, one of the most isaportant is the illustrated Catalogue of the Exhibition which took place a few years ago at the Barlington Fine Arts Clab. There are other works which deal with special departments, or which give selections of coloured facsimiles, but the Burlington F. A. Club's Catalogue is the only one which deals with the whole field of artistic and historical Bookbinding. It may be claimed, without much presumption, that the present Catalogue (although illustrated only in its Large Paper issue) is the only bookseller's list that can be regarded as a parallel to the Club book. It comprises over eight handred purchaseable examples of bookbinding, chosen either for the beauty (or some other peculiar characteristic) of their coverings, or as furnishing tokens of having belonged to celebrated men and women in the past.
The arrangement of the catalogue is chronological, under chorographical headings; and exhibits the gradual advancement of the art of Modern Bookbinding, from its rise in the twelfth century down to the establishment of a kind of general uniform type in the eighteenth. Modern Bookbinding came into existence at the period when the functions of the “forwarder" and the “finisher" were first united in one person, for it was then that the reign of leather coverings began. Of course it was long before the leather triumphed over the ornamental metal-work (frequently decorated with gems) which was used in Ancient Bookbinding) to embellish the necessary wooden boards ; but its usefulness and suitability were gradually made manifest. That it was capable of being made decorative was also shown even at an early time (especially in England) when it was impressed with stamps from engraved plates, so as to exhibit patterns somewhat distantly resembling the designs of the costly metal-work. It was only by a gradual progress in the same direction that the beautiful Italian patterns were arrived at, in the early part of the sixteenth century, which showed what decorative book-binding ought to be. In them, and in the still better French work which was evolved from . 'em, we find the true idea and principle which onght to guide the art in all its developments. A book, once arranged and stitched and boarded, may be regarded as a picture ready for its frame, or as a mansion to be entered through a handsome gateway. Figurative as the notion may be, it is one that arises naturally in the mind, and suggests at once the adoption or imitation of ornamental metal-work. Thus, all the productions of the great binders have that character. In the earlier ones (sixteenth century) it is virtually the style of the large and glorions gates which artists in bronze and steel and iron had produced in Italy before
the fifteenth century. In the later examples (seventeenth century) elaborate subtlety and delicacy were substituted for the grand simplicity of the previous kind, but the idea of ornamental metal-work was still preserved, although the metal was refined into the forms of lace work or filigree or conventionalised floral shapes, even as the goldsmiths theuselves had begun to deal with actual gold and silver. Consequently the fundamental notion was then, and ought to be now, that of a square or rectangular frame, suggeste or expressed, with its rigid lines and angles softened and beautified by the introduction of
Some of the men of our own time, strive to achieve an unnatural and preposterou triumph by making the book-cover a picture instead of a picture's frame; and show designs in which flowers or leaves or other figures, admirably natural and clever enough indeed, are seen sprawling in elegant negligence on the side of a book, to the surprise of the book itself.
Among the volumes of peculiar interest in the present collection are examples of English binding in the twelfth century, and of Flemish and Spanish in the thirteenth; those of German and of Italian origin beginning with the fifteenth century, and the French ones with a signed book of Andre Boule, about 1500. There are eight books from Grolier's library, one of them (the Largest Paper Ovid of 1533-34) being perhaps the finest thing of its kind now extant. There are three Maiolis, four Canevaris, one Laurinus; books which belonged to Francis I, Henri II (and his mistress), François II Catherine de Medicis, Henri III, Marguerite de Valois, Louise of Luxembourg, Maris de Medici, Louis XIII (and Anne of Austria), Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, and various Bourbon princes and princesses. In the English and Scottish department, there are Henry VII, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth, James I, Henry his son, Charles I Charles II, Catherine of Braganza, James II, William III, George of Denmark, George George II's Queen Caroline ; besides Thomas Wotton, Fitzalan Earl of Arundel, Land Evelyn, Sunderland, and others. Among foreign names of distinction, there are the Emperors Ferdinand I, Rudolph II, and Joseph; John III of Sweden, Charles Emanuel III of Sardinia; Mesdames de Pompadour and Dubarry. Of famous binders, we have beautiful examples of the work of Badier, Boyet, Duseuil, Padeloup and the Deromes in France; of Samuel and Charles Mearne, and of Roger Payne, in England.
The catalogue is recommended to the particular attention of all persons of taste.
LONDON, January, 1897.
G. NORMAN AND SON, PRINTERS, FLORAL STREET, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON.
The printing and posting of my Rough Lists is a considerable expense to me. therefore appeal to the recipients to favour me occasionally with an order, otherwise the sending of these Catalogues must be suspended.-B.O.
Manx Ballads and Songs, with Music, edited by A. W. Moore,
with Preface by the Rev. T. E. Brown, and Illustrations by J. M. NICHOLSON, 8vo. 300 pp. and the Music, white bds., 88 6d
1896 The book contains over seventy Manx the greater portion of them, “great care Ballads, with English translations, many has been taken to obtain these tunes in of which are now published for the first their original form, and no preconception time, together with an explanation of the as to the probability of their having been Ballads, and an account of the sources in Celtic or other modes has been suffered from whence they have been taken, by the interfere with a faithful reproduction Editor,
of the melodic phrases as heard from the
there are forty-five in all, and, as regards been taken up by subscription. The Art of William Morris : An Illustrated Record, by AYMER VALLANCE. Imperial 4to. 210 copies only for sale, £9.98
April, 1897 In this book will be notices of the designs carried out at the works he has numerous undertakings with which Mr. established. These represent tapestries Morris's name has been associated before designed by Mr. Morris himself ; carpets, the world, from the formation of the stained glass. some entirely from Mr. renowned firm of decorators, now known Morris's designs ; brocades, damasks, silks, as Messrs. Morris & Co., to the recent chintzes, wall papers, and other fabrics ; establishment of the Kelmscott Press ; including those prepared especially for the the many literary works which he has decoration of St. James's Palace; and published, whether original writings in many other objects manufactured by the prosa or verse, translations, or works of firm of Morris & Co. which have not been joint authorship with others, from the reproduced before. Some are lithographed Oxford and Cambridge magazine in 1856 in absolute facsimile from Mr. Morris's down to the present day; also an account own sketches in water-colour, others are of the part he has played with regard to reproduced from the actual materials by social and political matters, and of the the most elaborate form of colour-printing societies which he has founded or to which by Messrs. W. Griggs and Son. There he has afforded his valuable support ; viz. are also illustrations of houses in which the Society for the Protection of Ancient Mr. Morris lived — including the Red Buildings, the Art Workers' Guild, and House, Upton, Bexley, Kelmscott Manor, the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, and Kelmscott House. There is also a
Selections from all branches of Mr. very complete and valuable bibliography, Morris's designs are reproduced, which by Mr. Temple Scott, which will describe have been chosen to give representative not merely the larger works, but pamphlets, specimens of every branch of the artist's lectures, articles, and correspondence in work- from the most ornate to the most weekly and daily, papers, and other simple, including, by permission, fourteen occasional matter, including a complete titles, borders, and other ornaments drawn list, with bibliographical details, of the for the Kelmscott Press, and forty-two full- books issued from the Kelmscott Press, page plates of reproductions from various
New Publication by The Plainsong and Mediæval Music Society.
EARLY ENGLISH HARMONY, from the 10th to the 15th Century, edited by H. Ellis WOOLDRIDGE, Esq., Slade Professor of Fine Art, Oxford; to be published in 2 volumes, subscription price, £2.
Nearly ready, 1897 This work will contain a series of speci- MSS. from which they are taken. The mens of harmonised English music from translations of the Music into modern the tenth to the fifteenth century, notation will be published later, but until embracing nearly all that exists to the ready for the press it is impossible to say end of the fourteenth century, and whether they can be contained in one closing with the compositions of Dun- volume (as it is hoped) or in two, stable and other English Masters, which are in the Library of the Liceo Musicale Copies will be numbered, and it is not at Bologna. The first volume (folio, on desired to print more than 10 per cent. thick paper) will consist of sixty plates in excess of the requirements of Subof Collotype Facsimiles, with Notes on the scribers.
With decorations by WILLIAM MORRIS. Printed on hand-made paper at the Kelmscott Press, 8vo. (pub. at £2. 28), bound in vellum, 258
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