Take, for example, an 1894 first edition copy of More English Fairy Tales, edited by Joseph Jacobs, with the binding designed and executed by Helen Schofield. Priced at $12,500, this book, bound in red morocco, features complicated, stylized butterfly inlays bordered in gilt stippling, exhibiting advanced techniques along with appealing aesthetics.
“Here we have expert craftsmanship and the mix of creative, forward-thinking design, blended with technical expertise,” Nudelman said. “For this reason, it’s one of the more important Guild bindings.”
Similarly eye-catching, an 1896 first edition of Frank Gunsaulus’s Songs of Night and Day, designed and bound by famed book binder Constance Karslake, features abstract Art Nouveau gilt tooling on red morocco. It recently sold for $6,750.
Though the Guild only lasted until 1904, its talented members produced iconic bindings that still hold up in strength and design today, and in their day, challenged the role of women in a quickly changing society.
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