Very Good. Item #5962
London: L. Upcott Gill, . Later Printing. Small Octavo; [viii] + 184pp, including index + 16pp of publisher's catalog and general advertisements. "Illustrated wih 156 Engravings." Olive green cloth crisply stamped in black and gilt on front panel (including title and laying/cutting press in gold within ornamental frame), gilt lettering on spine, and central blind-stamped ornament on rear panel.
Very slight rubbing to crest of joints; minor nudging to spine crown and foot. Previous owner's ink stamp on front free endpaper: "R.P. Johnson Mar 25 1901." Paper of front hinge cracked but both joints and hinges solid. Textblock unmarked, square, tight. Even, faint age-tanning to all pages. Very neat and crisp copy.
A general how-to on terminology and processes for the binding and rebinding of books. In addition, despite limitations of B&W engravings, the illustrations are exceptionally clear in showing varieties of stamping, marbling, gilding, and ornamentation. Still an excellent reference—and one that ends in unintentional jollity due to the appended 16pp of advertising for volumes on every kind of hobby and craft, and advertisements for "Seaside Watering Places," "Rubber Stamps," and "Dog Soap."