John Andrews Arnett [pseudonym of John Hannett]. An Inquiry Into the Nature and Form of the Books of the Ancients: with a History of the Art of Bookbinding.... London: Richard Groombridge, 1837. First edition. Twelvemo. iv, 212 pages. Illustrated with numerous engravings. Color frontispiece with gilt highlights. Index. Contemporary full calf. Joints rubbed, boards with a few scars and scrapes. Front hinge cracked but binding still quite sturdy. An attractive little book in better than very good condition. An important work on the subject, by the author of the landmark Bibliopegia.

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    Full title of this work: An Inquiry Into the Nature and Form of the Books of the Ancients: with a History of the Art of Bookbinding, From the Times of the Greeks and Romans to the Present Day, Interspersed with Bibliographical References to Men and Books of All Ages and Countries.

    Contemporary full calf with raised bands. Spine stamped in gilt and blind; gilt titles, rules, borders, and board edges. Marbled edges and endpapers. Occasional minor foxing. Bookplate.

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