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Broxbourne Library: Styles and Designs of Bookbindings from the twelfth to the twentieth Century … with an Introduction by Albert Ehrman. 

London, Maggs Brothers for the Broxbourne Library, 1956. 

Folio, pp. ix, [1], 250, [1], [1 (blank)]; extensive black-and-white illustrations throughout of which many full-page, five mounted colour plates of which one as frontispiece and two others full-page, title printed in red and black; a few occasional small spots, but a very good copy; in the original vellum-backed bevelled boards with blue cloth sides, gilt blue morocco lettering-piece to spine, top-edge gilt; very lightly worn.

£875

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First edition, one of three hundred copies, of Howard Nixon’s richly illustrated catalogue of the bindings in the library of Albert Ehrman.

One of Nixon’s most important catalogues, the Broxbourne Library includes 119 largely unpublished bindings from the collection of Albert Ehrman (1890–1969), together illustrating the history of European bookbinding from the twelfth century through to design bindings of the 1950s. Nixon’s detailed descriptions discuss at length the techniques of the bindings, their binders and owners, and comparable bindings in other collections or published elsewhere.

A large portion of Ehrman’s library was dispersed by Sotheby’s in 1977 and 1978. Alongside bookbinding, interests represented in his collection were early printing, type specimens, and bookseller’s catalogues, the last of which provided the material for his Roxburghe Club book (with Graham Pollard) The Distribution of Books by Catalogue (1965).

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