By Johann Herolt
Since the fifth century bindings have been used to hold together gatherings of paper or parchment. The early bindings were designed to preserve the information contained within the volume, making it easier to hold, to store and to transport. The spread of learning across Europe, the introduction of printing and rise of literacy increased the demand for books and influenced the development of the trade from a small medieval workshop to the mass-production of the twentieth century.
Rare books and special collections of the State Library of New South Wales was formed in 1962 although the base of the collections were formed in the nineteenth century through the first Australian Subscription Library and later the Free Public Library. The collection contains a range of material from medieval manuscripts to modern private press and artists’ books.
A new exhibit at NYC Grolier Club showcases “blooks”: book-looking things that can be anything except actual books.
There’s a 30 second ad at the beginning of this but it’s worth sitting through to watch the 5 minute story. This lady has hundreds of fake books. Some of them are awesome.
One exhibit at the NYC Grolier Club. Books that are gags. Some will actually shock someone!
1756 British Bible – “It presents both the Old and New Testament, although the books are not bound together the regular way, behind one another. Instead, the binder opted to place them next to each other. This very rare binding technique is part of a family that includes the dos-à-dos (or “back to back”) binding…Having the two testaments bound this way allowed the reader to consult passages from both books at the same time.”
These are my favorites. There are 32 more pieces of jewelry here.