We all know the old adage, but never mind what they say. Sometimes it's okay to judge a book by its cover. Especially when the cover is made every bit as remarkable as the contents - sometimes more.
We love to read, but it's an extra pleasure when the book is an object of beauty, craft or art, as well. These editions have all been thoughtfully bound in atypical materials, some in direct correlation to the subject matter, some for the sake of beauty or functionality. They have become not only literature, but art.
Bookbinding has been a skilled and lovingly practiced craft for centuries. It's an astonishing treat to see the range of materials and methods that go into bookbinding. Ranging from absolutely affordable to extravagantly expensive, here are some of the most unusual bindings found on AbeBooks, from eelskin and ivory to copper and gold, to rubber and fur, and much more.
Go on. Judge.
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