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The Preservation of Leather Bookbindings

The Preservation of Leather Bookbindings

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The Preservation of Leather Bookbindings

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31 pages
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Sep 8, 2016
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9781473356597
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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Sortie:
Sep 8, 2016
ISBN:
9781473356597
Format:
Livre

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The Preservation of Leather Bookbindings - H. J. Plenderleith

THE PRESERVATION

OF

LEATHER BOOKBINDINGS

BY

H. J. PLENDERLEITH

M.C., B.SC., PH.D., F.R.S.E.

OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM

LABORATORY

Copyright © 2013 Read Books Ltd.

This book is copyright and may not be reproduced or copied in any way without the express permission of the publisher in writing

British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data

A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

A History of Bookbinding

Bookbinding, at its simplest, is the process of physically assembling a book from a number of folded or unfolded sheets of paper or other material.

Before the computer age, the bookbinding trade involved two divisions. First, there is stationery or vellum binding which deals with making new books intended to be written into, such as accounting ledgers, business journals, and guest log books, along with other general office stationery such as note books, manifold books, portfolios, etc. Second is letterpress binding which deals with making new books intended to be read from, and includes fine binding, library binding, edition binding, and publisher's bindings. Today, modern bookbinding is divided between hand binding by individual craftsmen versus mass-produced bindings by high speed machines in a bindery factory.

The craft of bookbinding probably originated in India, where religious sutras were copied on to palm leaves (cut into two, lengthwise) with a metal stylus. The leaf was then dried and rubbed with ink, which would form a stain in the wound. The finished leaves were given numbers, and two long twines were threaded through each end (through wooden

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