Sarah T. Prideaux — bookbinder and scholar

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Prideaux, Sarah T.
Letters to E. Gordon Duff
1900 and 1903
Two letters from binder Sarah T. Prideaux to bibliographer and librarian E. Gordon Duff were tucked in to the first edition of Catalogue of Books Bound by S.T.Prideaux Between MDCCCXC and MDCCCC in the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection. In 1900 Prideaux sent this copy to Duff, along with the note “with her compliments” in her hand on her distinctive letterhead. Prideaux had printed the Catalogue with her friend Katharine Adams on the printing press at her house at 37 Norfolk Square. Prideaux corresponded extensively with Duff about her lectures on the history of bookbinding. Duff contributed a chapter on early stamped bindings to her book An Historical Sketch of Bookbinding, published in 1893. In the second letter, dated 23 September 1903, Prideaux requests Duff’s notes on another of her books, Bookbinders and their Craft. This volume brought together a selection of Prideaux’s previously published journal contributions on topics from English and Scottish bindings of the eighteenth century to early French and Italian bindings. She writes to Duff that “I much dislike the re-listing of ephemeral work, but I could not help it in this case &amp did what I could in the way of revision.”
Prideaux, Sarah T., Letters to E. Gordon Duff, 1900 and 1903, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed May 27, 2022,

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