02 Apr 2013 - 20 Aug 2015
Wooden boards, raised bands, end-leaves, vellum, blind-stamped, and fillets are all part of the language of the bookbinder. The exhibition decodes the jargon used by bookbinders, and showcases their creative skills which become evident in all aspects of the binding process. On display are hand-bound calfskin, pigskin, or vellum examples from the hand-press period along with machine-made mass-produced bindings from the early 19th century. They range from the earliest English binding in New Zealand (dated 1482), 16th century European samples, and 19th century publisher's bindings, to works...