Chronicle of The Kings of England by Sir R. Baker, E. Henley Phillips
Chronicle of The Kings of England
Velvet & Brass

We all know the old adage, but never mind what they say. Sometimes it's okay to judge a book by its cover. Especially when the cover is made every bit as remarkable as the contents - sometimes more.

We love to read, but it's an extra pleasure when the book is an object of beauty, craft or art, as well. These editions have all been thoughtfully bound in atypical materials, some in direct correlation to the subject matter, some for the sake of beauty or functionality. They have become not only literature, but art.

Bookbinding has been a skilled and lovingly practiced craft for centuries. It's an astonishing treat to see the range of materials and methods that go into bookbinding. Ranging from absolutely affordable to extravagantly expensive, here are some of the most unusual bindings found on AbeBooks, from eelskin and ivory to copper and gold, to rubber and fur, and much more.

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30 Unusual Bookbindings

Romance de Lucero Albornoz by Roberto Gorostiaga
Cowhide
Romance de Lucero Albornoz

Roberto Gorostiaga
L'Oiseau Bleu by Lepape Maeterlinck
Ivory and Calfskin
L'Oiseau Bleu

Lepape Maeterlinck
The Durazzo Book of Hours by Andrea De Marchi
Silver, Gilt, Velvet and Rubies
The Durazzo Book of Hours

Andrea De Marchi
Etrennes Mignonnes
Embroidered Silk
Etrennes Mignonnes

W.H. Hudson
Odilon Redon. Peintre, Dessinateur et Graveur
Different inlaid woods
Odilon Redon

Andre Mellerio
Gaetano Pesce Il Rumore del Tempo by Silvana Annicciarico & Enzio Alberione
Pig bristle, coconut fibre and silicone
Gaetano Pesce Il Rumore del Tempo
Silvana Annicciarico & Enzio Alberione
La Guirlande D'Aphrodite - Ferdinand Herold
Cloisonné
La Guirlande D'Aphrodite

Ferdinand Herold
Heads and Tales - Malvina Hoffman
Snakeskin
Heads and Tales

Malvina Hoffman
Memoir of Keopuolani, Late Queen of the Sandwich Islands by William Richards
String-tied Mulberry Bark
Memoir of Keopuolani, Late Queen of the Sandwich Islands

William Richards
Enzo Cucchi Scultura 1982-1988
Latex
Enzo Cucchi Scultura 1982-1988

Martin Schwander & Enzo Cucchi
Kozonseges Isteni Tiszteletre Rendelt Enekes Konyv
Velvet, Celluloid, Metal and Ivory or Bone
Kozonseges Isteni Tiszteletre Rendelt Enekes Konyv

Author Unknown
The Professor at the Breakfast-table; with The Story of Iris by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Embroidered Silk
The Professor at the Breakfast-table; with The Story of Iris

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Subversive Crafts by Katy Kline
Perforated Rubber
Subversive Crafts

Katy Kline
County Survey by James Armstrong and Ben Mitchell
Eelskin, Pigskin and Catfish leather
County Survey

James Armstrong and Ben Mitchell
Gospels of the New Testament Scriptures
Varnished Wood
The Lay of the Last Minstrel

Walter Scott
The Miracles of Our Lord by Henry Noel Humphreys
Papier-Mâché
The Miracles of Our Lord

Henry Noel Humphreys
The American Coast Pilot by Edmund M. Blunt
Burlap
The American Coast Pilot

Edmund M. Blunt
Little Fur Family - Brown, Margaret Wise; Williams, Garth
Real Fur
Little Fur Family

Brown, Margaret Wise; Williams, Garth
Andy Warhol's Index by Andy Warhol
Plastic
Andy Warhol's Index
Andy Warhol
A Dream of Fair Women by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Garnet, turquoise and other semi-precious stones
A Dream of Fair Women

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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