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Re: [BKARTS] Origin of Gilt Page Edges



Hi Gene,

>From the Etherington & Roberts Dictionary:

"The gilding of the edges of books probably originated in Italy, at about
the same time that gold tooling was introduced in that country, or about
1470. The technique appears to have been in use in England by the 1530s.

Aside from appearance, gilding the edges, or at least the head edge, serves
the practical function of protecting the book from the incursion of dust."

If you want to know more, you could email Julia Miller.

OK, back to selling books:)

Regards,

John MacKrell
---
Ann Arbor, Michigan
(734) 604-0992
See finishing stoves for sale at www.johnmackrell.com




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> Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 12:24:29 -0400
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> Subject: [BKARTS] Origin of Gilt Page Edges
> 
> Hello -
> I was wondering about the origin of gilt page edges. When did they
> begin, and where, as far as bibliographers know? I have always
> considered them an 18th c. innovation, but I certainly have no
> evidence for that. I would be happy to be corrected.
> 
> Regards,
> Gene Alloway
> Motte & Bailey Booksellers
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> Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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