Cambridge [MA]: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1924,
First Edition, Limited to 300 numbered copies. quarto, rebound with original title paenl laid down on front cover. vii, 33 pp. followed by 38 beautiful chromolithography plates. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Item #28722
Printed by Whittingham and Griggs. From the Introduction, "The coloured plates are of exceptional quality, having been printed for the greater part in relief, thus reproducing with extreme faithfulness gilt tooling but also blind-tooling in the bindings...The earliest binding belongs to the fifteenth century, andis in Venetian brown calf richly tooled in blind. (Plate I). Apart from this valuable Venetian specimen, the Greek Monastic bindings, about twenty in number, are those that should be mentioned first, not merely because they are Greek, but ciefly because, true to the conservative tendencies of the Greek Church, they preserve early Byzantine features. The reproductions in Plates III, IV and V show typical examples. These bindings are now extremely rare, especially if in good preservation...The wealth of the Library in gold tooled French bindings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries may be inferred from the large proportion of plates devoted to them (XXIII-XXXIII)...Of Papal bindings there are several fine specimens which bear the armos of Pius V (Plate XXII)... 16 pp. contain descriptions of the illustrated bound books/manuscripts and detailed descriptions of the bindings. Very minor foxing to the first ten leaves, else fine and clean including all of the plates.
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