Hand Bookbindings: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious. The on-line display of that Princeton University’s Firestone Library exhibition of over two hundred bindings, divided thematically into twenty-six categories. While conventional wisdom holds that books cannot be judged by their covers, visitors had a chance to do just that from the most humble of volumes to the most luxurious; from the monastic manuscripts of the twelfth century to the special editions of the twentieth. I chose the image of that curious portable book, used in the late Middle Ages, but the prettiest covers are on Embroidered Bindings pages.
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