Pictorial Bookbindings / Mirjam Foot

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Identifier: REF.BB.1159
Object type: Books
Dimensions: 64 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Copyright dates: 1986
Designed by: Roger Davies
Published by: The British Library
Text by: Mirjam Foot
Typesetting by: August Filmsetting
Was created at: Greater London
Library of Congress Subject Headings: Pictorial bindings [sh85015712], Bookbinding [sh85015705], British Library [http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n81139951]
This book explores the history of pictorial bindings (those decorated with a representation or a picture). In order to narrow the focus of this book, 19th- and 20th-century publisher’s bindings have been excluded. The bindings (with two exceptions: 5 and 41) are individually designed bindings made for individual books. Most of those depicted were made in Europe. From Introduction: “…for over ten centuries binders have tried their hand at decorating the covers of the books they bound with representational designs. These designs are found on bindings made of a large variety of materials and they have been achieved by means of a number of different techniques (a brief explanation of the basic technique of binding a book by hand can be found on pages 62-63). The examples of pictorial bindings discussed here have been arranged according to the materials of which they are made and according to the techniques used to effect the designs.” Materials covered include leather and vellum, onlays and inlays, cut leather, ink and paint, wood and straw, paper, ivory and metal, and fabric. Also included is a section on suggestions for further reading.