History of Books and Printing


Early European Bindings

Roman wax tablet facsimile (predecessor of codex format). Teaching kit.

Disputationes de controversiis Christianae fidei (1586). Disintegrating binding shows boards.

André Tiraqueau, Commentarii (1549), and Egidio Bossi, Tractatus varii (1562). Disintegrating bindings show cords and medieval manuscripts used as binding waste.

Philipp Melanchthon, Grammatica Latina (1552). Disintegrating binding shows boards.

Burchard von Ursberg, Chronica das ist eyn ausserlesen Zeitbuch (1566). Blind-tooled pigskin.

C. Plinii Caecilii Secundi Novocomensis epistolarum libri decem (1542). Blind-tooled calf.


17th / 18th Century

The Order for the Administration of the Lord’s Supper (1718). Red morocco, elaborate tooling.

[Due lettere di monsignor Ganini] (1764). Elaborate gilt-tooled presentation binding. 

Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1793). Edwards of Halifax Etruscan binding.

Specimens of the Early English Poets (1790). Contemporary gilt-tooled binding by Christian Samuel Kalthoeber.

Reglamento y aranceles reales… (1778). Red morocco armorial binding with coat of arms of King Charles III of Spain.

The Faerie Queene (1751).  Mottled calf.

Reglamento del Monte Pio de viudas (Mexico City, 1789). Stained calf binding.

​Journal encyclopédique (1772-88). Gilt-tooled spines.

Isaaci Newtoni, equitis aurati, opuscula (1744). Gilt-tooled spines.


Nineteenth-Century Fine Bindings

Il Pastor Fido (1793)

Academical Questions (1805)

Italian Scenery (1820)

The Life of Napoleon (1815). Armorial binding with arms of Duke of Newcastle.

The Widow and the City of Nain (1824)

L'Antiquaire: Comedie en trois actes. Doublure binding with double endpapers. Bookplate of Robert Hoe, founder of the Grolier Club.

Le Verger d’Isaure (1870). Doublure blinding.

The Formal Garden in England (1892). Leather inlay / mosaic binding.



Jakob Horst, De aureo dente maxillari pueri Silesii (1595). Hand-painted binding

Marbling: A History and a Bibliography (1983). Unique leather inlay binding by Lage Carlson depicting a kimono.

Christina Rossetti, Poems (1896). Unique embroidered binding.

Fables choisies de Florian (1895). Novelty binding showing Japanese fans. 

Primera, y segunda regla de Santa Clara (1688). Silk binding.

La Biblia (1967). Modern interpretation of a medieval treasure binding.

Rudyard Kipling, The Seven Seas (1897).  Original Italian Art Nouveau binding. 

The Chimes (1905). Velluscent binding by Cedric Chivers of Bath.

Leyenda de oro (1860). Velvet binding.

Schillers Gedichte (1859). Large leather and bronze binding with cameo and bosses. 

[Koran] (1809). Blind-tooled Islamic binding (not flap).


Works of Notable Binders

Psalmi penitentiales (1894). Sarah Prideaux, 1898.

Thomas Woolner, My Beautiful Lady (1863). Charles Morrell. Doublure.

Days with Sir Roger de Coverley (1892). Zaehnsdorf, 1895.

The Formal Garden in England (1892). Hatchards. 

Mary Shelley, History of a Six Weeks’ Tour (1817). Charles H. Lawrence.

Paradisi in sole paradisus terrestris (1904). Sangorski & Sutcliffe. 

John Keats, Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems (1928). Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Bound in sharkskin.

Four Winnie the Pooh novels (1924-28). Sangorski & Sutcliffe?


For additional examples, please request the list of materials shown at the November 2016 "Collections in Focus" event, "Bound to Please: Fine Bindings from UNM's Special Collections."