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Cosway-Style Bindings

If you aren’t familiar with Cosway Bindings, now is your chance to have your mind blown. You’re welcome. If you are a lover of books, and beautiful bindings, and the craftsmanship, creativity and detail that artisans used to put into the creation of bindings, this will be right up your alley.

The Cosway style features traditional leather with miniature paintings built into the cover and the format is named after Richard Cosway, the famous English miniature portrait painter. Generally there is just one portrait, varying in size and shape, with oval being the most common. But in some spectacular cases, a book will have multiple miniatures inset, and the effects are just remarkable.

Anyone intrigued by fine bindings will relish this selection of rare books with Cosway bindings - be sure to click through and see them all.

Posted by on June 22, 2012.

Categories: antiquarian, collecting

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