Fine leather Victorian address book
gilt-tooled, and bound by Dreyfous of London, A beautiful item.
Full leather binding, 18.5 × 14cm, unpaginated.
This is a beautiful Victorian address book, probably dating from the late 1800s, finely bound in crushed morocco with ornate gilt decoration to boards and five raised bands, gilt decoration and titling to spine. All edges gilt, with inner gilt dentelles and silk pastedowns and endpapers. Leather letter labels to the page edges. The binding is stamped "Dreyfous, Paris, London, New York". Dreyfous was a London binder from the mid-Victorian times onwards who specialised in fine leather stationery such as diaries, document holders and the like.
The leather is in good condition but sunned to the spine and boards edges, and there are a few small marks to the rear board. There is some light staining to the silk endpapers. The address book has been used, but has plenty of blank sheets left. There are three addresses left in from a previous owner, and the first page of most letter sections has had previous entries cut out so a number of pages have small segments missing. However, this remains a beautiful example of Victorian binding.