[ModLib] 1920's Buckrams

Brian LeMasters brianlemasters at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 09:21:14 EST 2015

John and fellow collectors,
I also have a few of these bindings (11).  More evidence to discuss is the
Bernhard endpapers vs blank endpapers and the lack of a reinforcement strip
of some kind.  It would be educational to see a deconstructed 20's buckram,
but I will not volunteer any of mine.  My binding experience is limited to
internet videos, but Bernhard endpapers and no additional step to insert
the strips after the first signature suggests the normal binding process.
Is there advertising or catalog listings or any publishing info from 1928
to introduce these bindings?  Can transitional bindings be traced to one
bindery and records be located?
All of the ones I have are listed on the Buckram's Seen page on the website.

On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 7:34 AM, john peterson <jpetersonlhi at frontier.com>

> I recently found and bought one of the Buckram editions from the late
> 1920’s, and I’m curious about just how many titles were bound in this way.
> The bindings are in a #4 binding style, but they are anything but flexible,
> with a coarse cloth cover over stiff boards.  While the four examples that
> I own have faded spines, they are in otherwise great shape.
> The four titles that I have are:
>    - 101.2      American Poetry 1671-1928 (Stated First, 1929, with a
>    Fall 1928 list in back)
>    - 003.2      Cellini, Autobiography (Fall, 1928 List)
>    - 138.1      Merejkowski, Romance of Da Vinci (Fall, 1928 List, also
>    handwritten note from first owner that it was purchased 9/18/29)
>    - 132.1      Schreiner, Story of an African Farm (No List)
> I haven’t been able to find out much about these books.  The first three I
> bought from Henry Toledano when he sold his collection, and I just found
> the Schreiner several weeks ago.  The fact that the American Poetry example
> has the marks of a first printing makes me wonder if these aren’t just
> another variation of the 1929 transitional bindings, rather than a ML
> strategic marketing move.
> John Peterson
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