Historic binding structures: a photo essay

In my previous post I touched very briefly on the books I had been examining. I thought I’d just provide more pictures so you could get a better idea. I think there is something fascinating about discovering that bookbinding really hasn’t changed much at all in 400 years.

RB CLI 4283 – The institution laws and ceremonies of the most noble order of the garter, 1672.
This is one of the first books I ever saw in the rarebook stack, and what captured my eye was the illuminated script on the spine lining.

What an interesting lining

What an interesting lining

 

Speckled edges black and red

Speckled edges black and red

Composition of a cover

Composition of a cover

While dusting the books I couldn’t help open them of course. Interestingly enough many old papers have stood the test in time, not only in its robustness but also remaining pristine, not discolouring like many old books.

Here are some examples of paper:

RB CLI 3273 – Hamlet or 13 plays performed at Drury Lane and Covent Garden Theatres

one of four different watermarks in Hamlet

one of four different watermarks in Hamlet

Plate from a collection of 13 plays performed at Covent Garden

Plate from a collection of 13 plays performed at Covent Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RBf 483 H588 Hesychii Lexicon, 1746

RBf 483 H588 Hesychii Lexicon, 1746

RBf208 B669 Vol4- Bonaventura Opera, 1589

I look at these pictures a lot because this must have been painstaking work. Note the beading on the spine side and the many tie downs.

Bonaventura Opera - Italian endbands with beading on spine, double supports like sewn

Bonaventura Opera – Italian endbands with beading on spine, double supports like sewn

 

Note the recycled bit of hand written script

Note the recycled bit of hand written script

I am partial to sewing; I find it quite relaxing.

RBf CLI 3865 double support link sewn, 1628

RBf CLI 3865 double support link sewn, 1628

RB Misc 3194 Conciones quadragesimales 1701 double supports sewn as one

RB Misc 3194 Conciones quadragesimales 1701
double supports sewn as one

I do have many more photos, but it is hard to chose from them.  You might just need to visit the NLA and get them brought up from the rare book stack.

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