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Miller, Julia
BOOKS WILL SPEAK PLAIN
Ann Arbor, MI: Legacy Press, 2010; 8vo. full leather, clamshell box; 528 pages, 374 illustrations. Books Will Speak Plain is published at a time when the historical book is at risk of being ignored, put away, and forgotten. This handbook combines an overview of the history of the codex with basic information about many of the materials and structures found on historical bindings. The book also includes description-survey guidelines and is supported by a variety of appendices. The book's focus on primarily non-luxury bindings adds depth to an often-neglected segment of the history of bookbinding. This copy is signed by the author and bound in a full artist-binding by Don Etherington, bookbinder and former director of Conservation at both the Library of Congress and the Harry Ransom Center (Austin, TX). Both covers have been bound in a full crushed moracco binding, with leather onlays. The onlays have been stamped in blind using fleuron tooling patterns, and the front cover has the title of the book in the center stamped in gilt. The pastedowns and endpapers are created using handmade decorated pastepapers. Handmade silk headbands. Top edge stained silver. Signed by the binder on the rear pastedown. The book is housed in a custom cloth-covered boards clamshell box with a leather spine label with the author and title stamped in gilt. Preservation is at the heart of Books Will Speak Plain. We have already lost too many historical bindings because their importance was not understood and appreciated. This book is a call to action to urge custodians of every kind of historical b … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press [United States]
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