Gorgeous bookbindings to light up your bookcase from a long time ago or at least a little while. From Great Britain.

"Italy, a Poem."
“Italy, a Poem.” Samuel Rogers, poet. Published by Edward Moxon in London in 1838. Binding by Hélène Cox ca. 1900 for the Guild of Women Binders. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.booktryst.com/2011/10/guild-of-women-binders-bound-to-be.html
"Hesperides Or Works Both Human and Divine." 1902.
“Hesperides Or Works Both Human and Divine,” written by Robert Herrick. Published in 1902 in London by George Newnes Ltd. and in New York by Charles Scribner’s sons. Charles Morrell, bookbinder. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.booktryst.com/2011/10/more-magnificent-bindings-bound-to-be.html
Macklin Bible.
Macklin Bible. Made ca. 1800 in London by T. Bensley for the bookseller T. Macklin. Executed for Duke Albrecht of Saxe-Teschen. Contemporary binding by Georg Friedrich Krauss who was a bookbinder in Vienna. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.booktryst.com/2011/10/drop-dead-gorgeous-bindings.html
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Art Deco bookbindings to dazzle their way out of your bookcase and into your hand. Very geometric in stunning colors. British. Sybil Pye, bookbinder (1879-1958).

"Religio Medici, Urn Burial, Christian Morals and other essays", written by Sir Thomas Browne.
“Religio Medici, Urn Burial, Christian Morals and other essays”, written by Sir Thomas Browne. Published in 1940. Goat skin tooled in gold. Image © The British Library. Fair use license. via http://www.herringbonebindery.com/blog/2012/09/09/bookbinder-of-the-month-sybil-pye-3/
"Ballades and Miscellaneous Poems" by Francois Villon. Bound in 1928.
“Ballades and Miscellaneous Poems” by Francois Villon. Bound in 1928. Published by Eragny Press. Red goatskin with onlays in green and tooled in gold. Image © The British Library. Fair use license. via http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000005142&ImageId=ImageId=42176&Copyright=BL
"The Little School," a book of poetry written by Thomas Sturge Moore.
“The Little School,” a book of poetry written by Thomas Sturge Moore. Published by Eragny Press. Bound in 1916. Green goatskin with vellum inlays and gold tooling. Image © the British Library. Fair use license. via http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000003674&ImageId=ImageId=41442&Copyright=BL