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Rare edition of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam from a presentation of special bindings at the Princeton University Library. The peacock design contains real jewels. In addition to these displays of lavish blocking there are some remarkable examples of edge decoration,

Rare edition of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam from a presentation of special bindings at the Princeton University Library. The peacock design contains real jewels. In addition to these displays of lavish blocking there are some remarkable examples of edge decoration,

Moroccan goatskin-bound book, Maximum in Minimo (a book on shorthand), by Samuel Botley, London 1793.

Moroccan goatskin-bound book, Maximum in Minimo (a book on shorthand), by Samuel Botley, London 1793.

Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe of London, ca. 1907. Wine, women, and song; mediaeval Latin students’ songs now first translated into English verse, by John Addington Symonds. Chatto & Windus, 1884.

Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe of London, ca. 1907. Wine, women, and song; mediaeval Latin students’ songs now first translated into English verse, by John Addington Symonds. Chatto & Windus, 1884.

For the Love of Books...Poems by Amelia (Mrs. Welby, of Kentucky) New York, D. Appleton & Company, 1850, photo by Library Company Conservation Dept. via Flickr.

For the Love of Books...Poems by Amelia (Mrs. Welby, of Kentucky) New York, D. Appleton & Company, 1850, photo by Library Company Conservation Dept. via Flickr.

Fine binding by the 17th century bookbinder, Samuel Mearne

Fine binding by the 17th century bookbinder, Samuel Mearne

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