Beautiful Bookbindings: A Thousand Years of the Bookbinder's Art

P. J. M. Marks

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Synopsis: Over 100 of the most beautiful bookbindings from the last 1000 years are showcased in this highly illustrated book that provides a world view of the development of the bookbinding craft. Arranged chronologically, these beautiful and often surprising works of art present a clear visual record of the progression of the craft through the ages. By juxtaposing bindings from different countries from the same period, differences and similarities, and the transfer of styles and ideas, are highlighted.

About the Author: Philippa Marks is Curator of Western Bookbindings at The British Library. She has written two other books, both published by the British Library: Treasures in Focus: Decorated Papers (2007) and The British Library Guide to Bookbinding (1998).

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Publication Date: 2011
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Book Description The British Library; Oak Knoll Press, London and New Castle, DE, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First edition. 192pp. Quarto [28.5 cm] Dark plum-colored cloth-effect paper over boards. Decorative floral endpapers. In the pictorial dust jacket. From the Publisher- "As a craft of more than 2,000 years, the art of bookbinding has been overlooked in history. Primarily seen for its practical purpose of protecting the pages of a book, it is sometimes hard to recognize the creative aspects of a bookbinding. Beautiful Bookbindings hopes to bring to light this artistic way of thinking by displaying the finest bookbindings as the objects of desire they were originally intended to be. As the great aesthete Oscar Wilde believed, bookbindings are beautiful and artistic in their own wonder.Because covering materials are prone to fading and deterioration, relatively few examples of early bookbindings have survived. In more recent times, the number of surviving examples has increased due to deliberate efforts to preserve ornate bindings. Despite the difficulty in preserving bindings, this book pieces together the history of bookbinding, using written sources where necessary to fill the gaps that the bindings themselves do not fill.From exquisite medieval bookbindings made of precious metals and jewels to the unique and highly imaginative creations of contemporary bookbinders, this book celebrates over 100 of the most beautiful bookbindings of the last 1,000 years. Books bound by some of the greatest bookbinders including Mearne, Padeloup, Payne, Simier, Cobden-Sanderson, and others are showcased, further revealing the beauty and skill of this art form. Fully illustrated in color, with specially commissioned studio photography, Beautiful Bookbindings provides a visual overview of the development of this splendid art form. The book focuses on the craft of hand-bookbinding that existed until the Victorian era when mass-produced trade bindings took over. Bookbinding as a craft form never disappeared, however, and the second half of the twentieth century saw a significant revival.". Bookseller Inventory # 42144

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