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Temporary binding of gilt embossed paper, 19th century

A few nice bookbinding images I found:

Temporary binding of gilt embossed paper, 19th century
Image by National Library NZ on The Commons
Many early books were issued in temporary or interim covers by the printer/publisher or bookseller. These covers could then be replaced by a permanent binding of the purchaser’s choice. Temporary bindings often have untrimmed text edges and may be stab-stitched rather than sewn. Because of their flimsy nature these covers have not survived in large numbers.

A popular 18th century cover for small publications such as children’s books, chapbooks, and pamphlets was Dutch gilt paper. In making this paper, an engraved roller or wooden block was used to impress the pattern on a sheet of paper coated with size, a substance that helps to prevent the absorption of liquids and improves the paper‘s surface. Before it dried, gold dust was applied and colours were dabbed or stencilled on. Although called Dutch papers, they were probably made in Germany.

This example is a 19th century copy of the style.

Purchased by Alexander Turnbull.

Upper cover of Jacques L’Hermite, ‘Iovrnael vande Nassausche vloot’ (t’Amstelredam: by Hessel Gerritsz ende Iacob Pietersz Wachter, t’laer, 1626). RDut L’HE Iovr 1626.

English binding, early 19th century
Image by National Library NZ on The Commons
Authors sometimes presented specially-bound books to wealthy patrons or to people of standing. A note on the front flyleaf of this volume states that it was bound as a presentation copy for the dedicatee, Admiral Sir David Milne.
The book is bound in red straight-grained goatskin, which has been gold tooled and blind tooled on the upper and lower covers. The spine has raised bands and includes a galleon motif in the second and third panels. On the insides of the covers are silk doublures with elaborate gold and blind tooled surrounds. The cream endpapers are watermarked ‘1815’. A handwritten note on a front endpaper says: ‘Finely bound by Hering’.

Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, A narrative of the shipwreck of the British brig “Surprise” (London: Gye and Balne,1817). REng LOND Narr 1817.

Binding by Zaehnsdorf, 1914
Image by National Library NZ on The Commons
The upper and lower covers of this red goatskin binding are tooled in gold with a single outer fillet (line), and an inner ribbon panel design decorated with pointillé tools (lines and curves made up with small dots). In the centre is one of the nine armorial variants of Alexander H. Turnbull. The turn-in of the upper cover is stamped in gilt “Bound by Zaehnsdorf 1914”.

Purchased by Alexander H. Turnbull.

Upper cover of Memoirs of the life, writings, and amours of William Congreve, Esq, (London, printed in the year M.DCC.XXX [1730]). REng MEMO 1730.

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