Sometimes you can judge a book by it's cover
December 30, 2010 1:31 PM   Subscribe

A Gallery of Art Deco bookbindings.
One of the artists was Paul Legrain (who also worked with Rose Adler); was the tutor of Mary Reynolds, accidental surrealist companion and lover of Marcel Duchamp. She was also a bookbinder extraordinaire.
posted by adamvasco (7 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Shoot you had to post this after Christmas. I know what I want now.
posted by Babblesort at 2:03 PM on December 30, 2010

These are gorgeous. I love the feel of permanence they bring, akin to buildings utilizing the same architectural style. A feeling that this was once grand and the echo of that respect and artistry is maintained. It seems only fitting that one's favorite book be treated with such reverence.
posted by greenland at 2:05 PM on December 30, 2010

Wow, these are mostly excellent! Sometimes we get bookbinding posts filled with ugly and gimmicky books which are to books as those impractical crazy-shaped tiny bookshelves are to real bookshelves. But I would definitely love to have some of these.

For comparison.
posted by Justinian at 2:14 PM on December 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

Absolutely fabulous, thank you very much for posting. Bookbinding is the hobby I love best and never have time the time to do...these are just splendid.
posted by faineant at 5:24 PM on December 30, 2010

Thanks for this adamvasco. I love the geometricity of Art Deco designs.

Just as a worthy plug that's both relevant and current, I was really happy that a friend in the States bought me 'The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930' [2010] {Amazon} by the great Richard Minsky, for xmas. It is gorgeous and highly recommended, though fairly light on true Art Deco style bindings.
posted by peacay at 8:53 PM on December 30, 2010

Yay! I remember seeing those first two links a few years ago, and I loved them then, and I wish I'd thought of sharing them first! This landscape one is one of my very favorites.
posted by dreamyshade at 1:32 AM on December 31, 2010

Great! thanks…
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