It's always better to see books in person, but until then, this will have to do.
Philip Smith is a master binder in England who wrote an influential book called "New Directions in Bookbinding" in the 1970s. His studio equipment, supplies, and assorted works are going up for auction at Dominic Winter Auctions on June 30. Here are my favorites. Keep in mind this isn't anything like a retrospective because his most well-known works (King Lear (auto download of PDF about the making of the binding), Lord of the Rings trilogy and wall art, Leonardo da Vinci works, etc.) have been sold and placed into collections long ago.