The Binding of Books: An Essay in the History of Gold-Tooled Bindings (Classic Reprint)

The Binding of Books: An Essay in the History of Gold-Tooled Bindings (Classic Reprint)

by Herbert Percy Horne
     
 

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'La Reliure est un art tout franais.' Such is the sentence which M. Ernest Thoinan places upon the. title-page of his admirable work, Les Relieurs Francais; and which, in a particular sense, is abundantly true. In France, alone, has bookbinding been continuously practised, and

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'La Reliure est un art tout franais.' Such is the sentence which M. Ernest Thoinan places upon the. title-page of his admirable work, Les Relieurs Francais; and which, in a particular sense, is abundantly true. In France, alone, has bookbinding been continuously practised, and encouraged, as a fine art, since the Revival of Learning: and in that country, alone, does there exist any considerable literature upon its history and methods. In this sense, bookbinding is an art almost peculiar to France: and yet not to France, but to Italy, must be conceded, both the introduction of gold-tooling into Europe, and the origin of the taste, which determined the nature of the designs used upon European tooled bindings, for nearly a century. Indeed, it might be questioned, whether early Italian bindings have yet been surpassed in beauty and decoration, by those of other times or countries: but be this as it may, the literature of the art remains wholly in the hands of the French.

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ISBN-13:
9781331591795
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/17/2015
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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