Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Front cover, STC 26101 copy 1.

Image Caption: 
Front cover, STC 26101 copy 1.
General Description: 
A binding by the Club Bindery for Robert Hoe, finished by Leon Mallard, 1907. Red goatskin over millboards with green goatskin onlays and all-over gilt decoration.
Binder: 
Club Bindery.
Period: 
1907
Call Number: 
STC 26101 copy 1
Provenance: 
Robert Hoe (1839-1909); his sale at Anderson Auction Company, January 8, 1912, lot 3036, where H. C. Folger purchased this book.
Author: 
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Title: 
[King Henry VI. Part 2-3]. The vvhole contention betvveene the tvvo famous houses, Lancaster and Yorke ...
Created / Published: 
Printed at London : For T.P., [1619]
Hamnet URL: 
http://shakespeare.folger.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=163925
Technical Description: 
Apparently sewn on five raised cords. Three plain and two made marbled endpapers. Pasted-in leather joint and red goatskin doublure. Spine rounded and backed. Rough gilt edges. Head- and tailbands worked in red and gold silk thread. Head- and tailcaps tied round. Polished covers.
Dimensions: 
180 x 135 x 16 mm.
Decorative Description: 
Onlays of green goatskin in geometrical shapes applied in a symmetrical design. Outer panel of green goatskin filled with volutes and other small tools flanked by double fillets and decorative rolls. Panel filled with 28 onlays of different shapes, each bordered by a double fillet and filled with volutes and fleurons. Second of six spine compartments tooled with title; remaining compartments have small green goatskin onlays within two-line panels and borders. Date and place of publication tooled in bottom panel. Edges of boards gilt with a volute roll. Leather doublure tooled with a roll border and two-line fillets. At bottom a gilt monogram of Robert Hoe, "THE CLUB BINDERY 1907," and "LEON MAILLARD FINISHER."
Other Details: 
In 1897 Robert Hoe obtained for the Club Bindery the services of Leon Maillard who was considered by some the best finisher in Paris. Maillard was quite temperamental, working with great intensity on the tooling of designs, and while at the Club Bindery he insisted on working in a room by himself. He produced bindings of outstanding quality, incorporating the very best materials, but they were expensive and only affordable to very wealthy collectors. The Club Bindery was dissolved in April 1909. Maillard and his associates moved to Cleveland where they reopened as the Rowfant Bindery. This firm also encountered financial problems, and Leon Maillard was reduced to selling electric carpet sweepers. He took his own life in 1921.
Literature: 
Folger 15:9 (Folger Shakespeare Library, Fine and historic bookbindings from the Folger Shakespeare Library, New York, 1992).
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Fillet tools -- United States -- 20th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Goatskin bindings -- United States -- 20th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Gold tooled bindings -- United States -- 20th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- United States -- 20th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Onlays -- United States -- 20th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Raised bands -- United States -- 20th century.