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- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Wooden covers
- From: Denis Gouey <bbliopeg@MAIL1.NAI.NET>
- Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 08:55:06 -0500
- Message-Id: <199801141354.FAA19212@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "Book_Arts-L: The list for all the book arts!" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Wooden covers were used since the beginning of bookbinding, mostly as a
support for sometimes elaborate coverings of silver and gold sheets
hammered into the carved wood boards and embellished with precious and
semi precious stones.
In more recent years, in 18 and early 19 century United States, wood was
used instead of cardboard for bookbinding, no doubt because it was more
readily available and also cheaper. These wooden boards were not carved
and were covered with sheep skins or sometime with paper.
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