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Preliminary Reading List

B-75. American Publishers' Bookbindings, 1800–1900

Todd Pattison


Preliminary Advices

Recommended reading

  1. Allen, Sue. "Floral-patterned Endpapers in Nineteenth-Century American Books," in Winterthur Portfolio 12 (1977): 183-224.
  2. ______. "Machine-Stamped Bookbindings, 1834-1860," in Antiques 115 (March 1979): 564-572; reprinted in Guild of Book Workers Journal 18 (1979-80): 1-23.
  3. Allen, Sue and Charles Gullans. Decorated Cloth in America: Publishers' Bindings, 1840-1910. Los Angeles: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 1994.
  4. Ball, Douglas. Victorian Publishers' Binding. Williamsburg, VA: Bookpress, 1985.
  5. Comparato, Frank E. Books for the Millions. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole, 1971.
  6. Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. London: Oxford University Press, 1972; corr edn 1974; several times reprinted, most recently (2009) by Oak Knoll Books: 146-153 (“Binding”); 230-250 ("Edition Binding").
  7. Gullans, Charles B. and John J. Espey. "American Trade Bindings and Their Designers 1880-1915," in Collectible Books, Jean Peters, ed. New York: Bowker, 1979: 32-67.
  8. Krupp, Andrea. Bookcloth in England and America, 1823-50. New Castle and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2008.
  9. McLean, Ruari. Victorian Publishers' Book-Bindings in Cloth and Leather. Berkeley: University of CA, 1973
  10. Miller, Julia. Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings. Ann Arbor, MI: Legacy Press, 2010. Chapter 4 (135-191).
  11. Morris, Ellen. The Art of Publishers' Bookbindings, 1815–1915. Los Angeles: William Daley Rare Books, Ltd., [2000].
  12. Spawn, Willman and Thomas Kinsella. American Signed Bindings Through 1876. New Castle and Bryn Mawr: Oak Knoll Press and Bryn Mawr College Library, 2007.
  13. Wolf, Edwin, 2d. From Gothic Windows to Peacocks: American Embossed Leather Bindings, 1825-1855 (Philadelphia: Library Company, 1990).