Special Bindings and Illustrations

There are some very beautiful bindings in the Rare Books and this is just a sampling of them.  Included are leather bindings with decorative stamping and tooling, laquered wood and leather binding, a metal binding, cloth and paper bindings with beautiful illustrations.  Also included are some beautiful marbled endpapers and color illustrations.

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. He produced his most important work after the age of 60. His most popular work, the ukiyo-e series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, was created between 1826 and 1833 and actually consists of 46 prints.

Joseph T. Altemus (d. 1853) was an American bookbinder from Philadelphia.  He apprenticed under his uncle Shadrach Taylor and later operated his own bindery, eventually going into partnership with his brother, Samuel, a merchant in Philadelphia.  He practiced his trade from 1825 until his death in 1853.

Riviere & Sons, Bookbinders, was founded in 1829 by Robert Riviere in Bath, England.  Robert Riviere died in 1882 passing the business on to his grandson, Percival Calkin and it was eventually passed on to a great grandson, Stuart Riviere Calkin, who ran the firm until its closing in 1939.

Eleodoro E. Marenco (1914-1996), an Argentine illustrator, was a painter and illustrator that based much of his work on his childhood experiences in rural Argentina.  His work was featured in the 1946 edition of Martin Fierro.


The Machine as seen at the end of the mechanical age, by K.G. Pontus Hultén, 1968, an exhibit catalog, with a cover made of metal designed by Anders Österlin (1926-2011), one of the founders of the Imaginist artist group known for his rich composite paintings. With John Melin, own of the designers of this book, he did innovative graphic designs in the 1950s and 1960s.  The design was taken from a photograph by Alicia Legg (b. 1915) who was the assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art at the time of this exhibition.  She became curator of MOMA in 1979, a position she held until 1987 when she retired at the age of 71.

Special Bindings and Illustrations