England: Tomlinson, 1996. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. Item #16634
4to. Illustrated, with a color frontispiece and reproductions of early bookcloth sample books.
Each copy has 66 original samples of victorian bookcloth tipped-in, 30 of designs and 36 of qualities. The samples are a generous 1-1/2 x 3', though a few of the scarcer types are half size.
The edition is bound in deep red T grain Victorian Bookcloth (and is probably the last trade edition to be so bound); protected by a deep red slipcase. Limitation of 1500 copies, owing to the supply of cloth available for samples.
Tomlinson's long-awaited work on bookcloth documents the early use & manufacture of bookcloth; Winterbottom's dominance of the trade; production methods and costs; and very importantly, the identification of qualities and designs.
A fine, as new copy in slipcase.