A History of the Art of Bookbinding

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Adoption Amount: 
$750

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Preserve for the Future


A history of the art of bookbinding : with some account of the books of the ancients

By William Salt Brassington. London: E. Stock, 1894.

It seems right that a book about bookbinding would have a beautiful cover. But it does not seem right that a book about bookbinding would have a loose binding! A History of the Art of Bookbinding gives a detailed overview of bookmaking methods from ancient times, like Egyptian papyri and Roman scrolls, up to the time of its publication in 1894. It features photographs and illustrations of particularly interesting bindings, such as the carved ivory cover of a 12th century book shown on the frontispiece. Some of the noteworthy bookbindings are covered with jewels, embossed leather, or embroidery. One chapter focuses on English Royal Bindings, books that were specially created for kings and queens, including images of several made for Queen Elizabeth I.

Condition and Treatment: 

This volume has a late 19th century publisher's binding with elaborately stamped covers. The case is worn at the head and tail of the spine. The sewing of the textblock has failed. Conservators will re-sew the textblock and repair the case. The textblock will then be re-cased in the repaired cover, retaining the original decorative endpapers.

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