Available online! Exquisite & Rare: Bookbindings from the Library of Benjamin Guinness
These beautiful bookbindings are a testament to one man’s labour of love in amassing a collection of glorious bookbindings which showcase a craft which was at its most luxurious and splendid in eighteenth-century Dublin.
The most important book in the exhibition is surely a copy of the Orations of Demosthenes (1756). The original purchaser of this book paid for his copy to be bound in sumptuous red morocco leather. This covering was then decorated in gold with a super-abundance of shapes including leaves, cornucopias, peacocks and narwhal tusks. This is the eighteenth-century equivalent of ‘bling’.