Beautiful Bindings

Little Folks in Feathers and Fur

If you were at all interested in the recent posts about bindings—or if you just like to look at pretty things—do visit the University of Rochester’s exhibit Beauty for Commerce: 1890–1910:

This exhibit chronicles the growth of English and American publishers’ binding from its infancy in the 1830s to its decline in the early 20th century. Highlighted are the distinct changes in design that reflected not only technical innovations in the means of book production and decoration but shifting social and cultural trends as well. Viewed as a group, publishers’ bindings represent a revolution in the history of the book. Viewed individually, each binding offers an often gilded window to the fashion of its day.

Some specimens that caught my eye: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Slaver, slaver, drool drool.

[Thanks, POLLEN!]

4 Responses

  1. Dylan Tweney
    Dylan Tweney August 26, 2006 at 11:47 pm |

    boy, they don’t make ’em like that anymore, do they? Gorgeous stuff!

  2. India Amos
    India Amos August 27, 2006 at 5:38 pm |

    NIce, huh? I’m unlikely to get asked to do any all-over stamps anytime soon, but you can bet I’m going to be using some of those ideas for interiors.

  3. brian
    brian September 5, 2006 at 2:21 pm |

    These are beautiful. I love your selections, too.

  4. India Amos
    India Amos September 6, 2006 at 9:22 am |

    Thanks, Brian! I’ve been enjoying your site.

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