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Re: [BKARTS] two too technical questions



French books of the period were titled only with unaccented caps. I'd like to add that the titling would've been done with handle letters on a maroon sheepskin (or goatskin) skiver that has first been pasted to the spine (as opposed to tooling the skiver first and then pasting it in place). If you don't have handle letters, tool with individual pieces of type in a typeholder (tooling whole lines at once was a late-eighteenth century innovation). Kwikprint-style hot-stamping would be out of character for your books.
 
Armenian bole is fine for reproducing the colors of the edges---both it and the original pigment (probably) are iron-oxide earths.
 
Best
 
Bill 

--- On Wed, 12/24/08, Carol Pratt <jcpratt@xxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Carol Pratt <jcpratt@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [BKARTS] two too technical questions
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 12:29 PM

Did 17th century French use the accents over upper case?  They are  
not required in modern French, when typing or printing in majuscule.   
One always uses accents with lower case, however, but this might give  
you an out.

Carol
Eugene, OR

------
On Dec 24, 2008, at 9:49 AM, Jet Foncannon wrote:

>    A bookdealer was about to throw out two copies of a 17th century  
> French book, "Traité des Superstitions." The covers of the
books  
> had disintegrated.  However,  I have the skills to make these into  
> beautiful little items.  The textblocks, as is common in books of  
> this period, are of rag paper and have survived very well.     The  
> books are small, and the type faces required for hotstamping the  
> titles are 8 and 10 point.  I have complete sets of appropriate  
> type. However, I lack the acute accented E.
>     Is there a way of approximating the acute accent using ordinary  
> type?
>    Another question:  the edges of the textblock had been painted  
> with a rust pigment.  I am using Armenian bole tempered with  
> glaire  to reproduce this effect.  Any comments on this?
>    Thanks.
>
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