Collection of gift books with fringe bindings

Collection of gift books with fringe bindings

Various: 1875-1885. A collection of approximately 80 gift books and gift cards with fringe bindings, bound in paper wrappers with chromolithograph images, many over gilt backgrounds, the majority of them very good with occasional condition issues, including worn fringe, a few with water stains, and chipping and loss to spines. The collection includes approximately 36 books (i. e. more than 4 pages). Many with original printed paper folders and one in the original clamshell box. Accompanied by an assortment of 45 fringed cards for holidays and for mourning. A few titles duplicated but under different imprints. The use of silk fringe in the binding of gift books was a short-lived fad at the end of the 19th century. This collection serves as an excellent survey of this publishing phenomenon. A complete list of titles is available on request, as well as a medium-long story about how the collection came about. Item #51180

Price: $11,500.00

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