Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers' Bindings
The Kathleen V. Roberts Collection is the work of many years of collecting. It highlights the changing styles and aesthetics of decades of cloth-bound publishers' bindings, from their beginnings in the 1830s, to their gradual decline in favor of printed dust jackets in the early 20th century.
Don't know where to start? Curious about a particular designer? Try searching for "Margaret Armstrong" to list all bindings in the collection designed by her. Want to explore by era? Search "1880s" to see all bindings designed in that decade.