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BOOKBINDING.. International Bookbinding Exhibition by the Chief Craftsmen from All Parts of the World, at the "Caxton Head", 23 High Holborn, London, W.C., from Wednesday, June 27th to Saturday, July 7th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily.1894

London: J. & M. L. Tregaskis, "Caxton Head," First edition, 4to (260 x 190 mm), 25, [1]pp., coloured frontis., 7 chromolithograph plates, some spotting to text (practically to endpapers), bound in cont. half morocco by Morrell, spine gilt, lightly rubbed but a very nice copy. In 1894 booksellers James and Mary Lee Tregaskis staged this unusual exhibition of bookbindings. 75 copies of William Morris's translation of the medieval Tale of King Florus and the Fair Jehane had been despatched to binders all over the world seeking representative specimens of the art. All but one came back, beautifully bound in materials ranging from leather to silk, bamboo to snakeskin. The display attracted much interest and was even transferred to Windsor Castle at the behest of the Queen. Subsequently it was purchased by Mrs Rylands, founder of the John Rylands Library.

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