Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings

New book – just arrived in the Chantry Library !

Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings by Julia Miller, The Legacy Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-9797974-3-9

The recent publication Books Will Speak Plain by book conservator Julia Miller is intended to give an overview of historical bindings that can assist conservators, librarians, curators and booksellers to correctly identify and describe historical books.

In the long term, this study will help preserve and hopefully add to scarce information available on bookbinding style, structure and materials. Moreover, this guide will contribute to the correct appreciation of those less valued, common-looking bindings and their significance.

The book’s focus on primarily non-luxury bindings adds depth to an often-neglected segment of the history of bookbinding.

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