The Artistic Decoration of Leather Jean Closset 1925 vintage 1920s craft book leatherworking leather work decorative arts French artist

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Vintage / antique leatherworking book / decorative arts

The Artistic Decoration of Leather and its Applications
Engraving, Modelling, Embossing, Colouring, Design, etc
by Jean Closset
including 40 original sketches by the author
Translated from the original French edition
Published by Henri Laurens, Paris, France

Softback - 69 pages with roughly cut edges - beautifully illustrated with black and white drawings
Dimensions approx.5 1/2" x 9" or approx. 14 cm x 22.5 cm

Contents: The Materials / Choice of the Material / The Tools / Execution (engraved leather, incised leather, embossed leather and modelling, arrachage, pyrogravure or poker-work, mosaic of leather, incision of the white skin) / Colouring / Applying to Decoration / Conclusion

In reasonably good condition overall. Cover is faded with numerous small stains. Front cover and first 20 or so pages have two soft vertical creases. Back cover and last few pages are quite crumpled/creased. General age discolouration/tanning. A couple of small stains here and there. But otherwise good. Binding is tight. Internal pages are clean with no major flaws - no stains, tears or annotations

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