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The Prettiest Publications of the Past


What constituted a beautiful book a century ago? We’ve found 30 books that tell the story well. Highly decorated cloth, ornate scrollwork, symmetrical and floral patterns, gilt, embossing, debossing and more – these covers make us want to touch them, own them and display them.

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Beth Carswell

About Beth Carswell

I've been reading, selling, researching, loving and writing about books with AbeBooks since 2000.

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