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The Philobiblon of Richard de Bury (1889)


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In 1889, the Grolier Club of New York City published this three-volume edition of Richard de Bury's Philobiblon (The Love of Books), essays on librarianship composed in 1344. Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club is one of the most influential bibliographic societies, and Henry Walters was a member. Léon Gruel included the club's insignia in the binding, which he gave to Walters as a token of his admiration. Triple back-to-back bindings are extremely rare; Gruel explains in his dedication that…

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Philobiblon - A book about books: The first page of Richard de Bury's <i>Philobiblon</i>, printed in Speyer by Johann and Conrad Hist in 1483

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