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Calabasas
California
USA
CA 91372
Contact David Brass
Telephone +1 818 222 4103
Fax +1 818 222 6173
Specialists Literature, Children's, Early, Fine Printing, First Editions, Illustrated, Colour Plate, Inscribed, Sets, Travel, Voyages, Original Artwork
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An Amazing Art Nouveau Style Inlaid Binding by Constance Karslake

THE HAMPSTEAD BINDERY. [KARSLAKE, Constance].

Fine Prints, London: George Redway, 1897 1897 - 1897

An Amazing Art Nouveau Style Inlaid Binding by Constance Karslake

THE HAMPSTEAD BINDERY. [KARSLAKE, Constance]. WEDMORE, Frederick. Fine Prints. London: George Redway, 1897.

The Collector Series. Octavo (8 x 5 inches; 203 x 127 mm.). viii, 9-256, [4, advertisements]. Decorative woodcut design title-page printed in red and black. Twelve inserted plates.

Exquisitely bound ca. 1903 by Constance Karslake of the Hampstead Bindery (and later, Guild of Women Binders) in full reddish-brown crushed levant morocco with approximately five hundred dark green morocco floral leaf onlays as well as twenty-six ochre morocco tulip blossoms, all interspersed over both covers and the spine amid a flowing Art Nouveau vine-work pattern and a symmetrical pattern of fine gilt dots on each cover. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and decorated with green and ochre morocco onlays, gilt-ruled board edges, top edge gilt, others uncut. Full size reddish-brown morocco front and rear doublures, each spectacularly decorated with a hundreds of gilt leaves on stems, eight green morocco onlaid flowers and four highly elaborate gilt stippled ornaments in the corners. Vellum endpapers, both with a small gilt heart in each corner, the front end-paper stamp-signed in gilt on the lower edge "The Hampstead Bindery."

An early, very pleasing and expertly executed binding by Constance Karslake, with the following concurrent notation written in pencil on the verso of the front free endsheet: "A special binding by Miss Karslake/of the Guild of Women Binders,/Hampstead, in London".

Clarence S. Bemen's copy, the noted collector and Philadelphia tycoon, with his armorial bookplate on the front vellum end-paper. An absolutely fine, rare and eminently attractive binding.

Pictured in "Forty-Nine Foreign Bookbindings," by Thomas Boss, Boston, Club of Odd Volumes, 2011, Binding #15 (exhibited at the Club, 2003 - 2004).

"Constance Karslake (the daughter of Frank Karslake) and Edith and Florence de Rheims began producing gold-tooled and onlaid bindings towards the end of 1900, although their more elaborated work of this kind dates from the following year. These three women became very able amateur finishers, and were responsible for much of the Guild's best work; each of them executed well over two dozen bindings for the Guild by 1904." (Marianne Tidcombe. Women Bookbinders, p. 124).

The Hampstead Bindery was founded by Frank Karslake in 1898. It was the brother organization of the Guild of Women-Binders which was also founded by Karslake. At one time it had a staff of seven including Alfred De Sauty, Harold Karslake and P.A. Savoldelli. As announced in its prospectus: "Its workmen are professionals of great experience in the best English and Continental ateliers. Every book that is bound is never repeated unless ordered".

The men of the Hampstead Bindery apparently trained many of the women, who were culled from such groups as the Edinburgh Social Union, the Kirkby Lonsdale Handicraft Class, the Chiswick Art Workers' Guild, and Miss Bassett's Leighton Buzzard Handicraft Class for crippled girls, among others. The Hampstead Bindery, together with the Guild, published The Bookbindings of To-morrow in 1902 which included many pictures of their bindings. Both exhibitions and sales of their bindings at Sotheby's took place in 1900, 1901, and 1904, after which the organizations appeared to cease existence.

Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921) was an English art critic and man of letters.
DB 04089.
$7500

Binding
Exquisitely bound ca. 1903 by Constance Karslake of the Hampstead Bindery (and later, Guild of Women Binders) in full reddish-brown crushed levant morocco
£5,800