- Full Description
From exquisite medieval bookbindings made of precious metals and jewels to the unique and highly imaginative creations of contemporary bookbinders, this book celebrates over 100 of the most beautiful bookbindings of the last 1,000 years. As the great aesthete Oscar Wilde believed, bookbindings are beautiful and artistic in their own wonder. Books bound by some of the greatest bookbinders including Mearne, Padeloup, Payne, Simier, Cobden-Sanderson, and others are showcased, further revealing the beauty and skill of this art form.
Some of the books displayed were once owned by kings of France, Jean Grolier, Thomas Mahieu, Queen Elizabeth I of England, and William Morris. Fully illustrated in color, with specially commissioned studio photography, Beautiful Bookbindings provides a visual overview of the development of this splendid art form.
The book focuses on the craft of hand-bookbinding that existed until the Victorian era, when mass-produced trade bindings took over. Bookbinding as a craft form never disappeared, however, and the second half of the twentieth century saw a significant revival.
The introduction provides an engaging overview of the history and techniques of the craft and of its most important practitioners. Visually stunning, this book will have a wide appeal to anyone with an interest in visual arts, crafts, and book history.
- Additional Information
Item Code BEABH Publisher Oak Knoll Publish Date 2011 ISBN 9781584562931 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x11 # Pages 192pg Color Full Color