Irish bookbindings 1600-1800.
London, Cassell 1954.
Folio. xi+(1)+47+(1)pp, colour frontispiece, 58 photo plates with facing explanatory text on verso of previous leaf. Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper (the wrapper a little defective at head of spine). The bookseller H.W. Pratley’s copy, with an inserted ALS to him from Phyllis Kirby, 22 June 1954.
A handsome and scholarly volume by Maurice Craig (1919-2011), Ireland’s leading architectural historian in the post-Second World war period, and also an authority on Irish bookbindings. There are full-page illustrations and accompanying descriptions of fifty-nine of the finest surviving bindings of the period, and listings of 186 noteworthy Irish bindings seen by or reported to the author, as well as of some 50 similar bindings previously published by others.