Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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gold and silver bindings

Bookbindings having boards overlaid with thin panels of gold or silver, often in hammered relief, and sometimes inlaid with ivory, enamel, or jewels. Most of these bindings date from the 6th to the 13th centuries and were frequently executed for wealthy monasteries or churches to enclose their more valuable manuscripts. Very few have survived intact. (347 )




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