Interesting bookbinding class coming up in London from Edinburgh-based Owl & Lion;
And in the shop, we have a new publication on contemporary French binder Jean de Gonet, currently the subject of an exhibition at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris:
Coron, Antoine: Jean de Gonet, Relieur. Exhibition: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, 2013. 360pp., with 150 illustrations. Wrappers, 25 x 17.5cms. Presents the work of the important contemporary bookbinder, Jean de Gonet (b. 1950), known for his masterful use of colour and his innovative use of materials such as wood and metal. Text in French.
For an overview of bookbinding techniques across the centuries, we also have:
Conihout, Isabelle de, Anthony Hobson, María Luisa López Vidriero, et al: Great Bindings from the Spanish Royal Collections: 15th-21st centuries. Exhibition: Madrid, Palacio Real, 2012. 352pp., with 206 colour illustrations. Cloth, 17 x 24.5cms. Brings together 250 bound volumes selected from Spain’s National Heritage collections and considers the purpose and significance of royal binding within the cultural history of Europe. Offers an insight into the Royal Libraries of the Houses of Habsburg and of Bourbon and analyses works that were created for the monarch’s own use, beginning in the days of Charles V and Philip II. Includes a complete thematic bibliography on bookbinding in Spain, from the fifteenth to twenty-first centuries.
And one of our unique bindings:
Ballads and Songs of Love. Munich: Bremer Press, 1930. Limited edition no 106 of 280 copies only, this one in a designer binding by Annegret Hunter-Elsenbach, signed with her monogram in gold on the end fly.