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Filed under: Selected purchases with funds provided by Friends Of Thomas J. Watson Library

Decorated Czech Bindings


A selection of decorated Czech bindings purchased with funds from the Friends of Thomas J. Watson Library.

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Published in Prague in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by J. Otto v Praze, the designs fall into three categories: botanicals, ornament and figurative portraits.  All books are cloth-stamped and accented with gold or silver stamping.

Jan Otto was a prolific publisher of Czech books in a wide area including popular novels, philosophy, magazines and dictionaries.  The books presented here are works of classic modern fiction including novels by Balzac and Flaubert.