[ModLib] 1920's Buckrams

john peterson jpetersonlhi at frontier.com
Mon Nov 23 10:29:48 EST 2015

Thanks for your response, Brian.  All of mine have the Bernhard Endpapers, and all seem to have cloth reinforcement strips under the EPs that bridge the cover and book.  I don’t have any idea about answers to your questions, but I’ll keep my eye out for a damaged early Buckram for autopsy purposes.

John P.

P.S.  I love the picture of your ML Buckram collection on Scot’s website.  To me, they look more impressive than the regulars with DJs.

> On Nov 23, 2015, at 9:21 AM, Brian LeMasters <brianlemasters at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Brian
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 7:34 AM, john peterson <jpetersonlhi at frontier.com <mailto:jpetersonlhi at frontier.com>> wrote:
> 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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