Zaehnsdorf bookbindings
Zaehnsdorf was one of Alexander H. Turnbull’s main bookbinders and many fine examples of this firm’s work sit on the shelves of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

The bookbinding firm of Zaehnsdorf was founded in London in 1842 by Joseph Zaehnsdorf (1816-1886), an Austro-Hungarian craftsman-binder who learned his trade in Stuttgart and Vienna. From the 1890s when Alexander Turnbull was building up his library and making decisions about his bindings, the Zaehnsdorf firm was at its height under the control of Joseph William Zaehnsdorf (1853-1930), son of the founder. The firm was known for its high-quality workmanship and excelled in the retrospective binding popular in the 19th century.
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