English bookbinding styles, 1450-1800: a handbook

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British Library, 2005 - Crafts & Hobbies - 221 pages
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This new book provides guidance on recognising and dating English bindings of the handpress period. In addition to providing practical help in placing particular bindings within their time and place, the book encourages a new approach to historic bindings, concentrating on what a binding can tell us about previous owners and their approach to books.

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The meaning and interpretation of bookbindings
Materials and construction techniques

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About the author (2005)

David Pearson is Librarian of the Wellcome Library, in London. His previous books include "Provenance Research in Book History (1994), and "Oxford Bookbinding 1500-1640 (2000).

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