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Wednesday 30th January 2019: 10:30am GMT

393Elizabeth Greenhill Cloud binding

Elizabeth greenhill cloud binding

Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000

Hammer Price: £12,000

Full Lot Details

Greenhill (Elizabeth, binder).- Flint (Sir William Russell) In Pursuit: An Autobiography, number 363 of 1050 copies signed by Francis Russell Flint, illustrations, some colour, bound in mid-blue oasis goatskin, by Elizabeth Greenhill, with multi-coloured "cloud" onlays in turquoise, black, green, pink & grey goatskin tooled with short horizontal lines in gilt across both boards and spine, titled in gilt up spine, blue reversed calf doublures, marbled endpapers, signed at foot of rear doublure, [bound in 1971], g.e., preserved in black goatskin-backed cloth drop-back box, [Catalogue Raisonné 62], 4to, 1969.

⁂ Superb "cloud binding" by Elizabeth Greenhill, one of her signature styles.

Elizabeth Greenhill (1907-2007) first started bookbinding at the École des Arts Décoratifs pour Dames in Paris, learning the intricacies of gold-tooling, and later studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London under Douglas Cockerell and William Matthews. She began restoring books but gradually started designing her own bindings, becoming known for two distinctive styles: the "cloud bindings" of onlaid leather shapes as in this work, and bindings using large gilt-tooled lettering. She was the first woman elected as a member of the Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders (now Designer Bookbinders) in 1961, serving both as Secretary for some years and later President.

The binding was commissioned by Sidney Cooper and was exhibited at the Royal Library, Copenhagen in 1973.

Full Lot Details

Greenhill (Elizabeth, binder).- Flint (Sir William Russell) In Pursuit: An Autobiography, number 363 of 1050 copies signed by Francis Russell Flint, illustrations, some colour, bound in mid-blue oasis goatskin, by Elizabeth Greenhill, with multi-coloured "cloud" onlays in turquoise, black, green, pink & grey goatskin tooled with short horizontal lines in gilt across both boards and spine, titled in gilt up spine, blue reversed calf doublures, marbled endpapers, signed at foot of rear doublure, [bound in 1971], g.e., preserved in black goatskin-backed cloth drop-back box, [Catalogue Raisonné 62], 4to, 1969.

⁂ Superb "cloud binding" by Elizabeth Greenhill, one of her signature styles.

Elizabeth Greenhill (1907-2007) first started bookbinding at the École des Arts Décoratifs pour Dames in Paris, learning the intricacies of gold-tooling, and later studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London under Douglas Cockerell and William Matthews. She began restoring books but gradually started designing her own bindings, becoming known for two distinctive styles: the "cloud bindings" of onlaid leather shapes as in this work, and bindings using large gilt-tooled lettering. She was the first woman elected as a member of the Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders (now Designer Bookbinders) in 1961, serving both as Secretary for some years and later President.

The binding was commissioned by Sidney Cooper and was exhibited at the Royal Library, Copenhagen in 1973.