Sarre, Friedrich (ed.). Islamische Bucheinbände (Buchkunst des Orients I).

Berlin, Scarabaeus, (1923).

Folio (270 x 360 mm). 167 pp., final blank page. With 4 illustrations in the text, and 36 numbered plates with mounted full-color reproductions of Islamic book bindings, included in pagination. Text and plates with gilt borders. Contemporary cardboard with 6 gilt ornaments, 3 each to upper and lower cover.


Edition "B" of this sumptuous work on Islamic bookbinding. Exhibits some of the finest and most valuable tomes from Berlin's Bode Museum as well as examples from a private collection. Bound in the original adorned binding, the giltstamped ornaments featuring floral motifs as well as a hunting scene of a lion attacking a bull.

A total of 36 bindings are here reproduced in excellent colour facsimiles, impressively demonstrating the high quality of Egyptian, Persian, and Turkish book production from the 14th to 19th centuries. Each specimen is accompanied by a page of descriptive text.

Edited by the German orientalist and art historian Sarre (1865-1945), who amassed a great collection of Islamic art during his lifetime.

Extremities somewhat rubbed. Interior in excellent condition.


Mejer 554. OCLC 905430423.