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Tregaskis Binding Collections

150 items.

The original Tregaskis Collection contains seventy-three copies of the Kelmscott Press’s Tale of King Florus and the Fair Jehane (1893) in unique bindings from twenty-seven different countries, commissioned for exhibition in 1894 by the booksellers James and Mary Lee Tregaskis.1

The work of several women binders in represented in the collection, most notably Sarah Prideaux and Elizabeth MacColl; Walter Crane designed an embroidered binding that was executed by his wife.

The Library also owns the Tregaskis Centenary Collection, which comprises over eighty copies of the Folio Society edition of Andrew Marvell’s The Garden & Other Poems in contemporary design bindings from around the world.

The collection was commissioned for exhibition in 1994 by Designer Bookbinders and was purchased by the Library with support from the Museums and Galleries Commission and the Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund. Together these collections constitute a remarkable conspectus of fine bookbinding throughout the world at the end of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

See also the Private Press collection.

1The collection comprises seventy-three copies in unique bindings, plus one copy in the standard Kelmscott binding of linen-backed boards; one copy was returned from Kashmir unbound, as no binder could be found, another was destroyed in an earthquake in Greece, while a third was lost in a fire in Saxony.

Finding aids

  • Published catalogue, Marianne Tidcombe and Bernard C. Middleton, Tregaskis Centenary Exhibition: a catalogue of the Tregaskis Centenary Exhibition 1994, together with a facsimile of the Tregaskis Exhibition catalogue of 1894 and colour plates of the bindings in both exhibitions (London, 1994).


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