Sarah T. Prideaux — bookbinder and scholar

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Tennyson, Alfred
In Memoriam
[London]: Hacon and Ricketts, [1900]
Scholar, lecturer and writer Sarah T. Prideaux was one of the first English women to make bookbinding a career. She taught binding and lectured on its history. Prideaux was inspired by Persian, Syrian, and Islamic motifs. Her designs were often stamped blind or with restrained use of gold, allowing the fine leather she selected to be visible. She designed all the bindings produced under her name, though from the mid-1890s she likely employed a finisher to execute her designs. Prideaux ceased bookbinding around 1906 but continued her work as a scholar, publishing Aquatint Engraving in 1909. The green goatskin binding for In Memorium has a triple panel design with stylized arabesques, leaves, stems, and buds tooled in gilt.
Tennyson, Alfred, In Memoriam, [London]: Hacon and Ricketts, [1900], Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed May 27, 2022,

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