The ensemble of his library was alone worthy to kindle all his fire. How tint blended with tint, the rich brown calf with the chaste lustre of the vellum back, the severity of _the dark russia, with the subdued warmth of the red morocco, the olden gleams of the lettering an tooling, the undefinable fragrance, ‘ like a steam of rich distilled perfumes,’ which pervades a. library fertile in russia bindings,....
Fraser's Magazine, Volume 59
By James Anthony Froude, John Tulloch