Items from the Museum Libraries about bookbinding and book collecting. Photographs of our fine bindings were taken by The Photo Studio at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Fine Bindings is a selection of fine seventeenth through mid-eighteenth-century bindings with royal and magistrate arms given to the library by Mrs. Jayne Wrightsman. These luxury bindings in the style of the late eighteenth century, range from simpler bindings with armorial stamp with border to more elaborate decorative bindings with colored onlays and decorated end papers. Master bookbinders represented in this collection include Luigi Lodigiani (1777-1843), the greatest Italian bookbinder of his time, and Antoine-Michel Padeloup (1685-1758), royal binder to Louis XV (1710-1774). The books’ subject matter including travel, ballooning and wordplay, reflects popular French cultural pursuits of the day. Other volumes including almanacs and bibles reflect the religious and academic pursuits during the Rococo period.
Photographs of the Fine Bindings were taken by The Photo Studio at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 1878 William Loring Andrews became a trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and served as its first librarian. The William Loring Andrews Books on Book Collecting and Bookbinding is a selection of books authored by Andrews on the topics of book collecting and bookbinding.
Andrews was a prominent collector of rare books of English and American literature and a founding member of the Grolier Club and the Society of Iconophiles. In 1865 Andrews began to self-publish books in which he was also the author or editor. These works were published in his own style, through his own direction, and are marked by exquisite taste in type, paper, illustration, and binding. In their production, he engaged the services of engravers Edwin Davis French and S. L. Smith, who designed and engraved bookplates for the Metropolitan Museum, and printers Walter Gillis and Theodore De Vinne. From 1865 to 1908 Andrews issued thirty-six volumes, twenty-six authored by himself.