Mr. Marcel Proust and His Turquoise Marbled Papers

These two volumes were standing out among other tomes at the book market in the Hague. But what most impressed me wasn’t visible while the volumes were tucked between other books. Just check the marbled paper!

Wow! What a marvelous turquoise!

And here is the bookbinder’s mark. Do you see it?

Jan Camps, a bookbinder from Belgium, helped me to identify the master: “[These are two] bindings made by the great Antwerp binder Laurent Peeters! His signature is on the backboard “LP” in a circle. His biography was published by Boris Rousseeuw and he published it in his Carbolineum Press”.

The price was 250 euro, which seems quite cheap, as this first edition without a hardcover binding is sold for 350-400 euro on the internet. Out of my price range, though. And out of my primary field of interest.

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