20th Century Favourites, Part 1: Hugh Walpole. I’m halfway through the Herries Chronicles, a 200-year family saga set in the Lake District. Very entertaining indeed, with some arresting passages of prose. Another neglected writer from the past…
The Beauty of Flowers in Field and Wood containing the natural orders or families of British Wild Plants with moral teachings illustrated designed to make botany simple and field and wood rambles instructive and agreeable John Thoedore Barker Bath Binns and Goodwin - no date  London Whittaker and Co
unusual contemporary paper mache binding with a hand painted cover
This beautiful, jeweled edition of Paradise Regained by John Milton was bound in the late 1910′s or 1920s by the extravagant London binders Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Paradise Regained was originally published in 1671 after Milton published Paradise Lost in 1667.
It’s not everyday you see a book that can be read in six completely different ways, and this small book from the National Library of Sweden is definitely an anomaly. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel, this 16th century text has a special sixfold dos-à-dos (or “back to back”) binding with strategically placed clasps that makes it possible for six books to be neatly bound into one. This particular book contains devotional texts, including Martin Luther’s Der kleine Catechismus, which was printed in German between the 1550’s and 1570’s.
While it could be hard to keep your place in this book, you can’t ignore that the engineering of it is quite a feat. In the age of the Kindle, Nook, and iPad, it’s a nice reminder of handcrafted ingenuity.
A superb example of the art of book binding - Cosway Style Binding.- Burns (Robert) Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, Second (first Edinburgh) edition, first issue , engraved portrait frontispiece after J. Beugo by A. Nasmyth, green and purple morocco doublures, Cosway-style sunken panel miniature of Robert Burns within a bejewelled gilt frame on upper doublure, purple morocco for C. J. Sawyer by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, t.e.g., g.e., gilt floral motifs to spine with red morocco inlays, covers elaborately gilt with small floral tools and a central panel of the authors initials to upper cover and thistle motif to the lower cover, 8vo, Edinburgh, printed for the author and sold by William Creech, 1787
William Shakespeare - The Sonner’s and a lover’s complaint
Folio Society 1989 - Fine bespoke design binding, full morocco leather gilt with an inlaid tooled leather panel to the front board and the same pattern blind embossed to the rear. hand made paste patterned end papers - all page edges gilt - Bound by Ann Thornton for Binder Vision in 1993