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