Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
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school prize binding

A style of fine binding employed in northern France and the Netherlands as early as the 17th century, in Ireland (Trinity College, Dublin) from the 18th century, and in England from the last quarter of the 19th century until the First World War. In England, the bindings were produced in a common pattern consisting of a full calfskin cover (usually of a dark color), worked headbands, run up gilt backs and colored title labels, two-line fillets on the covers ending with a rosette, and with the arms of the particular school blocked on the upper cover. The endpapers and edges were marbled, often matching in both color and pattern, while the turn-ins and edges of the boards were decorated with a roll in blind. The books often included, inserted before the title page, a printed or manuscript form giving the subject in which the prize was awarded, the name of the recipient, the date, etc. (236 )




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