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Catalogue 30 – Winter 2005

Items 96-97. Ivor Robinson, Master Binder — Philip H. & A.S.W. Rosenbach

Ivor Robinson was born in 1924 and studied bookbinding with Eric Burdett at the School of Art at Bournemouth Municipal College. After war service in the Royal Navy, he completed his apprenticeship with a local bookbinder and then worked in Salisbury with Harry Bailey as Bailey and Robinson, Bookbinders. In 1953 he took up a teaching post at the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts and then in 1959 was appointed to the newly built Oxford College of Technology where he taught until his retirement in 1989, by which time the College had become the Oxford Brookes University. He was elected a Fellow of the Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders in 1955 and President from 1968 to 1973 of its successor, Designer Bookbinders. He was a triple medalist at the Prix Paul Bonet in Switzerland in 1971 and his bindings have been shown in over one hundred exhibitions since 1951 and are in several royal, public and private collections in many parts of the world. He has been awarded an M.B.E. by Queen Elizabeth II.

Note: Ivor Robinson bindings rarely come into bookseller’s catalogues - and we are therefore delighted to feature a fine example of this distinguished binder’s work.

Iliad of Homer Binding

96. (Ivor Robinson - Bookbinder) The Iliad of Homer. Translated with an introduction by Richmond Lattimore. Drawings by Leonard Baskin. The University of Chicago Press. [Chicago and London. 1962.] First Edition, First Impression. 526p. 11.25” x 7.5”. Forty-nine drawings made expressly for this edition by Leonard Baskin and printed by Meriden Gravure Company on Curtis Tweedweave. Designed by John B. Goetz. Composed in Monotype Bembo with display lines in Monotype Centaur. Text printed by Photopress, Incorporated on Warren’s University Text.

Unique binding by Ivor Robinson and signed with his stamp in gilt ‘Ivor Robinson 1968’ on inside back doublure. Bound in full black leather with gold tooled design. Gilt title at base of spine. Black suede doublures and purple suede free endpapers. Sewn head and tailbands of purple, silver, black and gold. All edges gilt. Brown marbled paper chemise with a black leather spine and black felt lining; gilt title at bottom of spine. Matching brown marbled paper slipcase with black leather edge trim. Fine. $5,000.00

Note: This binding was exibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, at the end of 2003 in the exhibition Bound to Please.

97.  (Philip H. & A.S.W. Rosenbach) A selection from our shelves: Books, manuscripts and drawings from the Philip H. & A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation Museum. Compiled & described by Clive E. Driver. The Philip H. & A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation. [Philadelphia. 1973.] Black and white illustrations throughout. n.p. 11.5” x 9”. Cream cloth boards with color reproductions from a book on both sides; title in gilt on front. One of 150 copies case bound in cloth. 1850 copies are paper bound in the total edition of 2000 copies. Errata Slip laid in. Bookplate. Slight marks on cloth boards. Very good. 210 rare items from the collection are described in this catalogue. $60. 00

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Joshua Heller Rare Books | Catalogue 30 | Winter 2005 -