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Edgar Mansfield binding, 20th century

Eupalinos is bound in black goatskin with the upper cover tooled in red and white and the lower cover tooled in a mirror image in green and white. The spine is gold tooled, and the top text edges are gilt.

Edgar Mansfield (1907-1996) was one of New Zealand’s most renowned expatriate artists, and was widely [...]

Bookcraft: Techniques for Binding, Folding, and Decorating to Create Books and More

Binding, folding, and decorating techniques to create beautiful artists’ books and more

 

From heirloom memories to unique journals, albums, and altered books—or simple tag books for your kids—Bookcraft contains all the skills you will ever need.

Binding by Birdsall & Son, early 20th century

This Taverner translation of the Bible printed in 1539 has a modern binding of citron-coloured goatskin which is signed by the binders ‘Birdsall & Son Northampton’. The outer panel features the Tudor rose and the fleur de lis, with Taverner’s name, the date of printing, and a [stylized fleur de lis] in the inner panel. [...]

Binding by Zaehnsdorf, late 19th or early 20th century

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Binding by Zaehnsdorf, late 19th or early 20th century Image by National Library NZ on The Commons This goatskin binding has a lacy dentelle border tooled in gold on the upper and lower covers. In the centre is one of the nine armorial devices of Alexander H. Turnbull.

Purchased [...]

Binding by Zaehnsdorf, 1914

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Binding by Zaehnsdorf, 1914 Image by National Library NZ on The Commons The gold-tooled interlacing strapwork design is the main feature of this dark blue goatskin binding. A fleuron is added to each corner and in the centre is one of the nine armorial devices of Alexander H. Turnbull. The edges [...]

Binding by Zaehnsdorf, late 19th or early 20th century

A few nice bookbinding images I found:

Binding by Zaehnsdorf, late 19th or early 20th century Image by National Library NZ on The Commons Green goatskin, upper and lower covers tooled in gold to a rambling rose design and with a central armorial device of Alexander H. Turnbull.

Purchased by Alexander H. Turnbull

Upper [...]

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 [...]

Armorial binding from the library of King George III

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Armorial binding from the library of King George III Image by National Library NZ on The Commons This 18th century binding of green calf is stamped in gold with the English royal coat of arms. Two slits in the leather at the fore-edge of the upper and lower covers provide [...]

English fine binding, 17th century

This elaborate goatskin binding represents the top end of the market. Many hours of work have gone into creating this ornate design and it would have been prepared either for a wealthy client, or for presentation to a person of standing. Goatskin was the most expensive of the four standard animal skins used for bookbindings [...]

Binding by Morrell, late 19th or early 20th century

A honeysuckle design is the main feature of this brown goatskin binding, with dots and leaves filling the corners. The leaf design is continued on the spine. The edges and turn-ins are also gold tooled. The upper turn-in is stamped: Morrell binder.

The bookbinding firm Morrell was originally founded by W.T. Morrell in 1861 [...]