AN 'AMERICAN' BINDERY IN THE CRIMEA
Moskva. Tipografiia V. F. Rikhter … 1887.
8vo (203 × 134 mm), pp. , 167, , iii, ; early ink ownership inscription to the front free endpaper; contemporary polished quarter roan, cloth sides, extremities worn, slight stain to upper board.
A standard nineteenth-century edition of Koltsov (1809–1842), ‘the Russian Burns’, in a standard contemporary binding. The interest here lies in the binder’s stamp to the rear pastedown, in Russian: ‘American binding workshop. James Steinsberg [“Dzhems Shteinsberg”], Simferopol, Politseiskaya St.’ I can find nothing on him, or his bindery. Was a Russian binder simply calling his bindery ‘American’, and using an American-sounding name? There is more research to be done.