Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Scottish style

A style of decoration developed by Scottish bookbinders of the 18th century. The designs, which are referred to as "wheel" and "herringbone," were well established by 1725 and continued in use until about 1775. The central design on the upper cover consisted of either a large wheel-shaped device with radiating spokes, surrounded by numerous sprays of foliage, the idea for which derived from the fan bindings of the previous century, or a vertical pattern, often enclosed, with branching ornaments radiating outward, i.e., a herringbone pattern. The bindings often had DUTCH GILT PAPERS with embossed floral ornaments. (1 , 312 )




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