Hand Bookbindings

Waste paper reused in a 16th century binding. Bellum Catilinae & Bellum Iugurthinum, Sallust (86-34 B.C.), Antwerp: Johann Gymnich, 1547., Princeton University Library, Gryphius Collection.

Waste paper reused in a 16th century binding. Bellum Catilinae & Bellum Iugurthinum, Sallust (86-34 B.C.), Antwerp: Johann Gymnich, 1547., Princeton University Library, Gryphius Collection.

At Columbia last week, Alexis recommended a website created by the Princeton University Library documenting a huge range of historic hand binding styles. The site presents books in the Princeton collection by style, region, time period, etc and lets you look closely at such features as binders’ marks and edge decoration.

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