London: George Bell & Sons, 1880.
First Edition. Signed. Joseph William Zaehnsdorf. while working in his father’s London bookbinding firm, penned The Art of Bookbinding in the hope that it might “stimulate the public to study the binding of their books more closely, and give the binder a better chance of producing stronger and better finished work at a more advanced price,” noting that “Good work cannot be done at low cost.”. He provides details regarding the Zaehnsdorf designs and materials which always were at a level that would justify the cost.~~A stunning example of Zaehnsdorf’s work, one of fifty copies on large paper for private circulation. Bound by Zaehnsdorf in full burgundy crushed morocco with rectangular cover panels blocked in gilt, with gilt rules to the perimeters and edges; spine lettered in gilt with decorations and the date in compartments; top edge gilt, with a tri-colored silk marker bound in. Seven rules and decorative rule at the turn-ins; crimson silk endpapers. The binding signed by Zaehnsdorf; also autographed by J. W. Zaehnsdorf on the third blank leaf. Housed in a green cloth pull-off case which is lined in felt. The leather label of Brick Row Bookshop at the bottom corner of the pastedown.