Chicago: Caxton Club, (1904). Limited edition. Hardcover. 1/252. 4to. 133pp. Quarter cloth over paper-covered boards with title-label. Deckled fore- and bottom page edges. Ex-libris of Lucy [Doheny] Smith Battson (* see below) on free front endpaper. Contents: I. The Origin and Traditions of the Bookbinders of the Eighteenth Century. II. First Attempts at a Decorative Renaissance in the Community of Bookbinder-Doreurs of the Eighteenth Century. III. The Master Binders and Doreurs of the Time. IV. The Work on the Body of the Book. - Hand-Work. - Tools. - Raw Materials. - Prices. V. Silk, Embroidery, Spangles, etc., as Decoration for Bookbindings. Notes, Bibliography, Index. Printed on hand-made paper. Some pages unopened, as issued. Illustrated with full-page photographic reproductions in duo-tone of various types of bindings, head-pieces from wash-drawings by Paul Avril, as well as in-text illustrations of binders' labels. All full-page plates protected by captioned tissue guards. Slight offsetting from bookplate on inside of front board. Corners bumped and worn. Minor scuffing on boards. Translated from the French by Mabel McIlvaine. Binding in very good, interior in near fine condition. vg. Item #23557
* Lucy [Doheny] Smith Battson was the daughter-in-law of Countess Carrie Estelle Doheny (1875-1958). E. Doheny was a Los Angeles socialite and the second wife of oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny.