Holbein Hendley, T., Persian and lndian Bockbinding
Persian and Indian Bookbinding
Hendley, Surgeon Lieut.-Col. Thomas Holbein
Complete article “Persian and Indian Bookbinding,” by Hendley, extracted from The Journal of Indian Art and Industry, bound in burgundy cloth, lettered in gilt, issued thus as a limited edition off-print. Ex-library, typically marked/stamped, rubbed at corners and spine extremities, dried glue(?) residue along joints, cloth moderately soiled and/or darkened by age, with institutitional book plate mounted on front pastedown.
Text block essentially disbound, housed in case that now functions more as a portfolio to protects its edges; binding could be restored, but due to fragility of paper, we would not recommend it. First leaf of article (pp.51-52), with color decorated border, chipped with loss along fore-edge, not affecting text, subsequent leaf (pp. 53-54) with fore-edge loss. Text occupies pp. 52-54, followed by (13) full page color chromolitho plates (numbered 65-77), all suitable for extraction and framing if desired (bound loosely by cord, some partially detached), also facsimile MS. sheet in the hand of Charles Wilkins, Librarian, East India House, 1807.
All plates complete and intact, without edge chipping or loss, though somewhat toned by age and all showing small library stamp along bottom edge: (65) Persian ornament from the Shah Jehan Nameh; (66) The Koran (Harun Ben Bayazid, A.D. 1613); (67) Specimen of Persian Drawing and Penmanship, XVII Cent.; (68) Inside of Cover of No. 67; (69) Shah Jehan Nameh, MS; (70) Shah Nama, by Firdusi, XVII Cent. MS.; (71) Ganjinah i La’ali Shahwar Khakan i Namdar al Sultan Padishah Fath ‘Ali Kajar; (72) Two Book Covers; (73) – (75) Book Cover (3 examples); (76) Ulwar and its Art Treasures (cover); (77) Three Backs of Books. Approx. 14 3/4″ x 10 3/4″. Exceptionally scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 029759