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Edgar Mansfield binding, 20th century

Edgar Mansfield binding, 20th century
bookbinding at home
Image by National Library NZ on The Commons
Homeric hymn is bound in mustard goatskin inlaid with red, grey and white, and tooled in white, grey, dark red, light and dark blue and blind (tooled without the use of colour). The spine is tooled in brown, the fore and bottom text edges are untrimmed, and the top text edges are gilt.

Edgar Mansfield (1907-1996) was one of New Zealand’s most renowned expatriate artists, and was widely recognised, particularly in England, as one of the most innovative and influential 20th-century bookbinders. Born in London in 1907, Mansfield was brought up in Napier, New Zealand and after studying art in Napier and Dunedin, moved to London in 1934 to further his studies. His style is characterised by the asymmetrical treatment of rectangular space, the use of expressive, non-figurative designs, and the innovative use of colour, leather, and synthetic materials. This volume was bound in England.

Purchased 1976 from Maggs Bros.

Upper cover of The Homeric hymn to Aphrodite ([London]: Golden Cockerel Press, 1948). qRPr GOLD HOME 1948.