Historical Essay on the Art of Bookbinding

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Bradstreet Press, 1883 - Bookbinding - 42 pages
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Page 41 - A taste for the exterior decoration of books has lately arisen in this country, in the gratification of which no small share of ingenuity has been displayed ; but if we are to judge of the present predilection for learning by the degree of expense thus incurred, we must consider it as greatly inferior...
Page 41 - And yet it is difficult to discover why a favorite book should not be as proper an object of elegant ornament as the head of a cane, the hilt of a sword, or the latchet of a shoe.
Page 27 - With that of the boke lozende were the claspes, The margin was illumined al with golden railes, And bice empictured with grassoppes and waspes With butterflies and fresh pecocke tailes, Englored with...
Page 18 - A booke of Gospelles garnished and wrought with antique worke of silver and gilte with an image of the crucifix with Mary and John, poiz together cccxxij oz.
Page 16 - Your books are covered with precious stones, and Christ died naked before the gate of his temple.
Page 37 - Codices hi ambo quia continuatim et tamen morosius scripti sunt per annos ferme.iiiior. in om(n)i sua p(ro)curatione hoc est scriptura. illuminatione. ligatura, uno eodemq(ue) anno perfecti sunt ambo.
Page 26 - Piers Bauduyn stacioner for bynding gilding and dressing of a booke called Titus Livius xxs.
Page 27 - It would have made a man whole that had been right sickly To behold how it was garnished and bound, Encovered over with gold of tissue fine; The clasps and bullions were worth a thousand pound; With balasses and carbuncles the borders did shine; With aurum mosaicum every other line Was written.
Page 31 - ... accomplished artists. The President De Thou and the minister, M. de Colbert, succeeded to the mantle of Grolier in the matter of elegant bindings ; and we should have noticed the names of Francis I., of Henry II., and of his mistress, Diana of Poitiers, in the same category. It is to this goddess that we owe the edict providing that a copy on vellum, handsomely bound, of every book printed in France cum privileg-io, should be deposited in the Bibliotheque du Roi. Her binding-patterns...
Page 26 - We have some account of the style in which Chaucer's royal patron, Edward III. used to have his books bound ; as the following extract (also furnished me by Mr. H. Ellis) will testify. • - To Alice Claver for the making of xvi laces and xvi tasshels for the garnyshing of diners of the Kings books, ij.s.

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