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Коллекция рукописных и редких книг




A French binding for Anne of Austria, wife of Louis XIII.


Catholic Church.


L'office de la Semaine saincte.


Paris: G. Clopeiau, 1627.



Baptista, Mantuanus, 1448-1516


Omnia opera.


Bologna: Beneditto Faelli, 1502.

Jean Grolier is one of the great figures of book collecting and bookbinding history. He served France as a diplomat in Italy, and returned to his native country with new designs for bindings, which he commissioned in Paris in the early sixteenth century.


Binding by Chambolle-Duru, finished by Marius Michel.


La Sainte Bible: traduction nouvelle, selon la Vulgate.


Tours: Alfred Mame et fils, 1866.




Omar Khayyam


Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.


Third edition.


London: Bernard Quaritch, 1872.

A jeweled binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. George Sutcliffe, who studied bookbinding under Douglas Cockerell, established a bindery with with Francis Sangorski in 1901. During the first two decades of the twentieth century the pair produced a number of jeweled bindings, most of them on copies of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The most sumptuous of these jeweled bindings, now referred to as 'the Great Omar,' never reached the American collector who commissioned it, having been entrusted to the maiden voyage of the Titanic.




Gradual, temporale from 3rd Sunday in Lent through Wednesday in Holy Week.

In the late Middle Ages a type of portable book evolved that we call a girdle book, implying that it could be carried tucked into a girdle or belt. With the founding of mendicant religious orders like the Franciscans, and with the increasing interest in pilgrimages, there came a need for portable books of personal devotion such as breviaries and prayerbooks. Girdle books were produced in large numbers at the time, but today fewer than twenty are known to survive. This model is based on the girdle book in the Spencer Collection at the New York Public Library.




Pacifico, da Cerano, ca. 1424-1482


Summula de pacifica conscientia.

The American binder Peter Franck repaired and bound this incunable for Elmer Adler in the mid-1940s. He intentionally left the binding without a covering to expose the structure completely. It takes us back to the early methods of medieval binders. We are fortunate to have Franck's letter to Adler explaining his work on this book.



A medieval English binding with thongs laced into oak boards.

Title: The Anturs of Arthur; Sir Amadace; The Avowing of Arthur; Hale Court Records, 1413-1475.

England, 15th century.




Several leaves from a French breviary as pastedowns and flyleaves in this early sixteenth-century binding from the lower Rhine region.


John, of Damascus, Saint.


Theologia Damasceni.


Paris: Henri Estienne, 1507.

Author: Homer
Title: The Iliads of Homer, prince of poets.
Published: London: Printed by Richard Field for Nathaniell Butter, [1611?]

Italian publishers also had books sewn and covered with simple but beautiful papers, employing various decorative techniques, including block stamping and stenciling.

Author: Clement XIV, Pope, 1705-1774
Title: Lettere interessanti.
Published: Lugano: Agnelli, 1776-1777.



Typical book satchel.

Title: Weddase 'Amlak: Praise of God: Prayers and Petitions for Seven Days of the Week.
Date: 16th cent. A. D.



Title: Genealogischer Schreib- und Post- Calendar auf das Schalt-Jahr 1764.
Published: Germany?, 1763.

Author: Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D.
Title: Phaetons folly, or, The downfal of pride.
Published: London: Printed for George Calvert, 1655.

Author: Suckling, John, Sir, 1609-1642
Title: Fragmenta avrea.
Published: London, Printed for Humphrey Moseley, 1648.




Binders' Marks -



Анатомия книги -  классический  переплет -  link

1 - клапан суперобложки; 2 - форзац; 3 - фронтиспис; 4 - титульный лист; 5 - суперобложка; 6 -книжный блок; 7 - ляссе; 8 - каптал; 9 - корешок; 10 - переплетная крышка.



Glossary of book terms

Энциклопедия Полиграфии

Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

Bookbinding and The Care of Books

Book Binding History

Hand Bookbindings - Princeton University Library

British Bookbindings - Hunterian Library, University of Glasgow

Brera Library, Milan 

Institut de France

Publishers Bindings Online: The Art of Books

How to Make a Simple Hardcover Book

The British Library

Columbia University Library, New York
(An exhibition of gold stamped 19th century publishers’ bindings)


The National Library of Sweden
(Contemporary Swedish bookbindings)

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