The Arcadian Library: Bindings and Provenance

Hardcover | August 17, 2014

EditorGiles Mandelbrote

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The Arcadian Library, based in London, is one of the finest collections of books reflecting European interest in the Arab and Islamic worlds. Among its c.10,000 volumes are many copies with important provenances and fine bindings. In this companion volume to no. 8 in the series, sixdistinguished authorities on the history of book-collecting and the ownership and use of books, and the history of bookbinding, deal with significant aspects of the Library's holdings from these varied perspectives. The two opening essays, by Alastair Hamilton and Giles Mandelbrote, survey, respectively, notable European and British provenances, including royal, princely, aristocratic and learned owners, celebrated later collectors, and some remarkable annotated copies and copies associated with their authors. P.J.M. Marks describes and analyses a wide range of European decorative bindings, with particular emphasis on early German bindings, French work from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, and the production of nineteenth-century England. Anthony Hobson examines three magnificent sixteenth-centurybindings a la fanfare, identifying them as the work of an exceptionally talented binder in the milieu of Gommar Estienne in Paris. John-Paul Ghobrial studies the products of the famous Melkite monastery at Shuwayr in Lebanon, and reveals the mix of European and indigenous influences that moulded the style of the local binders. Finally, Nicholas Pickwoad examines a range of commercial binding structures and materials, deployingclose physical inspection and forging a precise terminology to reveal careful craftsmanship and technical innovation.The scholarly essays in this volume are complemented by a very large number of specially commissioned photographs, making available a wealth of comparative evidence and new examples of particular bindings, details of decoration, inscriptions and marks of ownership.

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The Arcadian Library, based in London, is one of the finest collections of books reflecting European interest in the Arab and Islamic worlds. Among its c.10,000 volumes are many copies with important provenances and fine bindings. In this companion volume to no. 8 in the series, sixdistinguished authorities on the history of book-colle...

Giles Mandelbrote was appointed Librarian and Archivist of Lambeth Palace Library in 2010, after working for some years at the British Library. Among his publications are Out of Print and Into Profit: A History of the Rare and Secondhand Book Trade in Britain in the 20th Century (2006), as well as the second volume (1640-1850) of The C...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 12.6 × 9.45 × 0.1 inPublished:August 17, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199654816

ISBN - 13:9780199654819

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Giles Mandelbrote: IntroductionAlastair Hamilton: Princes, Ministers and Scholars: Some non-English Provenances in the Arcardian LibraryGiles Mandelbrote: Some Earlier British Owners; of Books in the Arcadian Library and their Marks of Ownership and UseAnthony Hobson: Three Bindings a la fanfare and the Origins of the Fanfare StyleP.J.M. Marks: Selected European Decorated Bookbindings in the Arcadian LibraryJohn-Paul Ghobrial: The Ottoman World of Abdallah Zakher: The Bindings of the Melkite Monastery at Shuwayr in the Arcadian LibraryNicholas Pickwood: The Structures and Materials of Commercial Bookbindings in the Arcadian Library