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Jones, William Powell & Thomas J. Holmes.

Published by The Rowfant Club, Cleveland [Ohio] 1958. "This book has printed for members of the Rowfant Club, Cleveland, by The Anthoensen Press, Portland, Maine, in an edition of 170 copies Number 127". (1958)

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About this Item: The Rowfant Club, Cleveland [Ohio] 1958. "This book has printed for members of the Rowfant Club, Cleveland, by The Anthoensen Press, Portland, Maine, in an edition of 170 copies Number 127"., 1958. 5 x 7 1/2", 110pp., black & white photo repro. frontispiece of classicist William Powell Jones reading "Pope & His Contemporaries". Black cloth spine with gilt title; printed patterned paper covered boards. Minor fading to cover edges. NF. Contains Jones' Presidential Address & some poetical "Presidential Prologues" he wrote, including "To a Grear Bibliographer, Thomas J. Holmes" & also "The Rowfant Bindery-These excerpts from the talk given by Thomas J. Holmes on March 8, 1957, are published here for their historical value. A copy of the entire paper is in the archives of the Club." pp. 71-86. A scarce Yearbook. Schubert, Rowfant Bibliography (1962), pp. 71-72. Seller Inventory # ABE-121336392

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Life of James McNeill Whistler [Rowfant Bindery]: Pennell, J. And

Pennell, J. And E.R.

Published by J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia (1911)

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About this Item: J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, 1911. Leather. Condition: Very Good. Three quarter brown morocco leather over marbled boards, gilt titles, top edge gilt, deckle edge, marbled endpapers. (8.5" x 7"). 449 pages, with Index; illustrated. New and Revised Edition the Fifth. Stamped "Rowfant Bindery" upper front pastedown. Showing some overall general wear, hinges tender, internally clean. Size: Thick Octavo. Seller Inventory # 004403

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Williams, Edgerton R.

Published by Houghton Miffin, Boston (1911)

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About this Item: Houghton Miffin, Boston, 1911. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. "Hill Towns" was originally published in 1903. This copy is a later printing, available from Houghton Miffin contemporaneously with the 1911 first edition of the author's "Plain Towns." The pair of volumes are offered as a set, in matching fine bindings: contemporary three-quarters bindings of navy blue crushed levant morocco over marbled paper covered boards, with four raised bands on the spines. The titles and author's names are lettered in gilt between the upper and lower pairs of bands, in the larger space at the center, there are extraordinary pictorial onlays in four shades of tan and brown leathers. The high quality of these bindings, brilliantly executed using the finest materials is confirmed by the stamped identification of the Rowfant Bindery on the verso of each front free endpaper. This renowned firm had roots in the project initiated by Robert Hoe and members of the Grolier Club in New York, unhappy with the woeful state of the art of fine binding in America, to establish the Club Bindery in an attempt to make available to Grolier Club members luxury bookbindings that could rival those crafted by the European binders. Several English and French-trained binders were brought to New York to begin work around1895. In 1897, Robert Hoe was instrumental in bringing Leon Maillard to the bindery from France. The temperamental Maillard turned his exceptional finishing skills to the production of wonderful and expensive bindings for Hoe and other collectors. The Club Bindery was dissolved in 1909, after Hoe's death. The staff was drawn to Cleveland by the prospect of working for the active collector-members of that city's Rowfant Club. (The tools of the Club Bindery were sold to another firm in New York as part of the Hoe estate in 1912). The designer and finisher from the Rowfant Bindery responsible for these matched bindings has based the pictorial onlays on the designs of the handsome original cloth bindings in which these books appeared from the publisher. [The earlier "Hill Towns" had a decorative cloth binding designed by Adrian Iorio, an assistant to Will H. Bradley. The later "Plain Towns" was a product of the Decorative Designers studio]. The masterly vignette on the "Hill Towns" spine depicts a typical building of the region, in onlays of tan and two shades of brown, with outlines in black. A sense of the building's setting on a hill is neatly conveyed by the simple geometric sweep of the wall and path leading to the door. The scene on the spine of the "Plain Towns" uses a similar palette, and shows vernacular buildings with their tile roofs in two shades of tan, glimpsed through poplar trees with a hill behind, using two shades of brown. This pair of bindings are executed in three-quarters morocco, and may not have been commissioned by a member of the Rowant Club -- (there is no groundhog candlestick device, just the tiny letters "ROWFANT BINDERY" stamped at the upper corner of the verso of each front free endpaper). Most likely, this handsome pair represent a relatively scarce subset of the 1051 Rowfant bindings -- in which the best American binders of their time were attempting to save the Rowfant Binders firm with superior commercial work to supplement the commissions from Rowfant Club members. Alas, in 1914, the firm's brief existence came to an end, less than five years after its Cleveland incarnation opened. Some of the staff including Gaston Pilon formed their own firm as Book-lover's Bindery in Cleveland, and thus struggled along for four more difficult years. Some of that staff subsequently moved back to New York and plied their trade as "The French Binders." The brilliant finisher, Leon Maillard, who learned his trade from his father Charles Maillard in Paris at Cuzin's, and then worked with Gruel and as master finisher with Marius Michel before Robert Hoe lured him to New York to be master finisher for the Club Bindery, was known as sullen and moody, even when things were going well. Leon Maillard, ath. Seller Inventory # 39519

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Binding, Fine- Rowfant Bindery, Finished by Gaston: Whistler, James McNeil]

Whistler, James McNeil] Ford, Sheridan (ed.)

Published by Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York (1890)

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About this Item: Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York, 1890. First edition. This is an important 1890 pirated Whistler first edition (without his name on title page) of the "Gentle Art of Making Enemies," by James McNeil Whistler, edited by Sheridan Ford. Bound in a sumptuous Rowfant Bindery binding (pictured in, "Bound to be the Best, The Club Bindery," by Tom Boss #48) in full deep brown curshed levant morocco with delicate and pleasing gilt ornaments on all four corners, a diamond center spaced by three triple gilt fillets, and four traingles with black fillet borders, gilt compartments on spine, gilt dentelles and marbled endsheet. With the gilt Rowfant Bindery emblem of a dog holding a torch on front pastedown, and the "Rowfant Bindery" gilt pallet on front dentelle. The rear dentelle is stamped, "Gaston Pilon Finisher. Willis Vickery's (Rowfant Club and Bindery head) own copy, with his gilt bookplate on front pastedown. Cross-hatches to top and bottom of spine, double gilt fillet outside edges to morocco boards. Original wrappers bound in. AEG. The book alone is highly sought after and very rare, but especially alluring in this stellar binding. In original marbled slipcase with matching brown levant edge border. Book is fine. Seller Inventory # 4251

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