Nineteenth Century Trade Binding.

Published: Loughborough: The Plough Press,

Date: 1983

2 vols., 4to, 46, [2]pp., limited to 150 copies printed on Zerkall mould-made paper (this being number six of the 45 special copies which also contains a nineteenth century engraved brass decorative tool), the volume of text is accompanied by a matching folder containing actual examples of cloth patterns, prospectus tipped-in, bookplate on front fly-leaf, 27 illustrs., and leathers such as morocco, calf, russia, vellum, etc. together with a sample of binder’s brass type, both volumes are bound in the original canvas covered boards, title labels to spines, housed in a matching slip-case.

This book is about the materials used in nineteenth century trade binding, the application of machinery during the century, and the workers who did the binding. It starts with the manufacture and characteristics of leather and cloth, the processes of bookbinding and their mechanisation, and the working conditions in two major London binderies. There are 27 illustrations from contemporary sources showing processes of manufacture, and machinery.


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