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FOOT (Mirjam M.). The Henry Davis Gift: A Collection of Bookbindings. Vol. 1. Studies in the History of Bookbinding. Vol. 2. A Catalogue of North-European Bindings. [Sold with:] Dr. Foot's original thesis which is the same as the trade edition of vol. 1 but bound in printed wrappers.1979

London: The British Library, 3 vols., 4to (275 x 220 mm), 352; 446; 352pp., numerous plates, vol. 1 bound in orig. quarter simulated morocco, vol. 2 in orig. cloth with leather spine label, the thesis in orig. printed wrappers. Volume one and the thesis with presentation inscriptions from Foot to Howard Nixon "To Howard, with very many thanks for all his help and support from Mirjam", volume two with presentation inscription to Nixon's wife "Enid, in memory of Howard, with love from Mirjam"; 4 page typed copy of a letter sent by Nixon to Foot congratulating her on her submitted thesis and suggestions for improvements; several off-prints of Nixon's review of the book; a note from Foot asking Nixon's advice on a forthcoming talk she's about to make; A.L.s from Foot to Enid Nixon presenting her with an attached off-print "The enclosed is for you in order to have no gaps in the complete oeuvre..."; orig. prospectus for each work tipped-in. The gift to the British Library of the late Henry Davis' magnificent collection of over eight hundred bookbindings was one of the most important to be made in recent times. The collection was formed under the guidance of G. D. Hobson and Howard Nixon. It was at Nixon's suggestion that Mrs. Foot began work on the collection, first to catalogue it, and then, when the collection was formally given to the British Library, to undertake a series of studies designed to exploit its riches. The first volume contains studies of particular bindings; volume two is a detailed catalogue, and each binding is illustrated. Provenance: From the library of Howard M. Nixon (1909-1983), British librarian and bookbinding historian.

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