Sunday, September 14, 2014

Association Bindings

Binding of Queen Alexandra - 1908

These several delectable bindings from the Royal Collection originally came to be distinguished and retained because of the eminence of their owners, not because of their own intrinsic merit. Bindings seldom come to be collected for their own sakes. They are the lovely thing that tags along when collections are formed for all kinds of other reasons.

Binding of Queen Mary - 1912

Binding of Queen Elizabeth I - 1578

George III patriotic binding - 1793

French binding on an early printed book

Binding of George II - 1734

Binding of George III - 1804

Prince of Wales binding - 1743

Prince of Wales binding - 1723

Binding of Prince Henry Benedict Stuart, Cardinal York - 1780

Binding designed by Robert Adam - 1764