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History in Fragments

Today deserves a little fanfare: the latest instalment of Lost Manuscripts has been made available this morning. There are only 32 new fragments, coming from 19 host volumes, so not a full drum-roll and brass band, please — but some… 882 more words


Victorian cloth bindings, week 5: titles

Titles on books are important, as they tell us what to find inside without opening the covers. Most often these are found on the spine; after all, this is the part of the book visible on the shelf. 959 more words

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Victorian cloth bindings, week 4: the introduction of colour

Briony, our Assistant Rare Books Librarian, continues her wanders through the stacks.

It wasn’t long before book binders demanded more than just black ink and gold on coloured cloth, and experiments began with other colours, such as red in the 1850s. 1,297 more words

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Just Karma 187 for September 2016 wp

Just Karma 187
(mini haibun)

Walking the poetic road often the words are
full of emotion as well as interpretation;
if you want to write about blue moons – 86 more words


Victorian cloth bindings, week 3: blocking in gold, blind, black, and silver

Last week we considered grains as a form of decoration, whereby the natural grain of the cloth was disguised with a design. Almost simultaneously with the development of a myriad of grains came another revolution in book-binding practice: the discovery of a method of preparing the surface of the cloth so that books could be gold-lettered rapidly and in sufficient quantities for commercial purposes. 1,624 more words

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Victorian cloth bindings, week 2: grains

The idea of using cotton cloth as a covering for books probably originated with the London publisher William Pickering, whilst the binder Archibald Leighton… 1,386 more words

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