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Grolier Guest Book


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Jean Grolier (1479-1565) was among historys most discerning collectors of beautiful books and the first to develop a unique ornamental style of designs hat became one of the most emulated worldwide. Although French, he preferred that his bindings follow the design principles of his Italian friend Aldus Manutius, the greatest printer of the Renaissance.

The majority of the brilliant works were executed in Paris by two remarkable binding houses. Grolier's collection of books were split between those he commissioned for himself and those he acquired or was given. At the time of his death, he possessed one of the most extensive private libraries in the world. Each of his books was of extraordinary quality, in a style described as 'quiet and simple, yet rich and flowing'. The book cover is based on one of Grolier's last great commissions, a gold-tooled marbled brown leather creation with an interlaced curving design of single-line fillets and floral tools filling out the six-pointed star.

Product Features:
  • Landscape size
  • Unlined acid-free, sustainable forest paper
  • Brass hinged closure
  • 144 pages
  • Ribbon marker
  • Approx. dimensions - 22.9 x 18cm