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Re: Ebony-like binding

Could be Bakelite or cellulose nitrate. There is a book published some years
back by Abrams called "Plastic" which is essentially a history of the
materials and both of those were mentioned as having been used in books.


At 07:28 AM 8/6/96 -0700, you wrote:
>A client brought this by recently: SENTIMENTS AND SIMILES OF WILLIAM
>SHAKESPEARE by Henry Noel Humphreys, published by Longman, Brown, Green
>and Longmans in London in 1851. The boards on first look appear to be
>intricately carved ebony, with a cameo portrait of Shakespeare in the
>center. But on closer inspection, the material is some sort of cast or
>molded, hard, plastic-like material. Some one has suggested this
>is laquered papier-mache, but it seems much too dense. Does anyone have
>any idea what the material is and/or any information about this book?

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