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The Beautifully Ornate Book Covers of Days Long Gone

I often judge a book by its cover and sometimes I’m wrong, often I’m right. But oh how I wish book covers could go back to being as deliciously detailed as they once were. Let’s take a look at some examples…

Book Cover of British Butterflies  archive.org/stream/generaspeciesofb00hump#page/n0/mode/2up
Book Cover of British Butterflies
archive.org/stream/generaspeciesofb00hump#page/n0/mode/2up

The text is so ornate that it’s hardly legible! Compare this to a modern book on the same subject.

Silver bookbinding - Augsburg (?) - 17th century
Silver bookbinding – Augsburg (?) – 17th century

This is so beautiful.

housewitch: Iran Book Binding, 18th/19th century Via: ghostsintherosegarden Source: ghostcafe
housewitch:
Iran Book Binding, 18th/19th century
Via: ghostsintherosegarden
Source: ghostcafe

I would love to know more about this book.

The ‘Codex Rotundus’ owes its name to its round shape. It is a small book of hours (9 cm diameter) made in Bruges in 1480.
The ‘Codex Rotundus’ owes its name to its round shape. It is a small book of hours (9 cm diameter) made in Bruges in 1480.

We need more round books!

The pleasures of book collecting

17TH CENTURY,FILIGREE, BINDING,Sotheby's,New York
17TH CENTURY,FILIGREE, BINDING,Sotheby’s,New York
SEGRE Benaja,ITALIAN BOOK BINDINGS,Sotheby's,New York
SEGRE Benaja,ITALIAN BOOK BINDINGS,Sotheby’s,New York
Having said all that, there are still people today making incredible books, such as this one from http://www.leslie-marsh.com/
Having said all that, there are still people today making incredible books, such as this one from http://www.leslie-marsh.com/
1860's Dutch Bible, Beautiful Gauffered Edges, Ornate Double Clasps, Simply Lovely
1860’s Dutch Bible, Beautiful Gauffered Edges, Ornate Double Clasps, Simply Lovely
Silver-gilt book-cover
Silver-gilt book-cover
Silver book-clasp
Silver book-clasp
Coronation Evangeliar cover by Hans von Reutlingen, c. 1500
Coronation Evangeliar cover by Hans von Reutlingen, c. 1500
H Noel (Henry Noel) Humphreys 1810-1879 The history of writing or, The origin and progress of the art of writing: a connected narrative of the development of the art London: Ingram, Cooke and Co., 1853 chromolithography and gilt on paper in papier maché and parchment binding Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland / RB 411.09 1853
H Noel (Henry Noel) Humphreys 1810-1879
The history of writing or, The origin and progress of the art of writing: a connected narrative of the development of the art
London: Ingram, Cooke and Co., 1853
chromolithography and gilt on paper in papier maché and parchment binding
Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland / RB 411.09 1853
Koster. Hamburgischer Taschen-Kalender auf das Schalt-Jahr 1828 Hamburg : F.H. Nestler, [1827?]. Glazed paper binding with embossed gold paper onlays and embossed cartonnage slipcase with gold paper onlays.
Koster. Hamburgischer Taschen-Kalender auf das Schalt-Jahr 1828 Hamburg : F.H. Nestler, [1827?]. Glazed paper binding with embossed gold paper onlays and embossed cartonnage slipcase with gold paper onlays.
The “Black Book of Hours” , facsimile of Codex Vindobonensis, a Burgundian Manuscript of c.1470 written and illuminated on black vellum. (Source: dndgalleries.com)
The “Black Book of Hours” , facsimile of Codex Vindobonensis, a Burgundian Manuscript of c.1470 written and illuminated on black vellum.
(Source: dndgalleries.com)

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