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Category (archive title) Cloth Bindings Origins

Origins of Cloth Bindings

THE ORIGINS OF PUBLISHERS' CLOTH BINDING BY JOHN CARTER URING the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries books were issued to the public, as students of the subject are aware, in two kinds of dress: either in some variety of leather binding-, which was supplied by the bookseller, who might or might not be in some sort the publisher ; or in a mere temporary envelope of paper wrappers, which were gradually superseded during the second half of the eighteenth century by the more practical paper-covered boards, for all except the slimmest volumes. This flimsy covering was adequate for the needs of that slowly decreasing majority of book-buyers who had their own binding done by their own binder, and it was only…

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