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Re: Wooden covers?
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- Subject: Re: Wooden covers?
- From: April Abbott <aeabbott@UCDAVIS.EDU>
- Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 23:43:19 -0800
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On Tue, 13 Jan 1998, Paul Anderson wrote:
> I've heard somewhere before that some very old books had carved wooden
> covers, is this true? If so, where could I find more info on this? TIA,
Wooden covers, certainly. Wood was a very common material for the
covers of early books. Wood covers with decorative carving were done in
the nineteenth century. Whether that qualifies as very early depends on
your view of time. A good book to read on bookbinding history if you
want to get really detailed is Bernard Middleton's History of English
Craft Bookbinding Technique. There are also many other books out there
with nice pictures of older books, though not always with enough text
describing the pictures. If you have access to a good university library,
you should be able to find something.