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52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings, Week 51: a beautiful 19th century hand-painted and lacquered Qur’an

I’ve selected one of the true beauties of our collections for the second-to-last binding post of this series. It is no surprise that many of the binding posts featured this year were from sacred or devotional texts including Bibles, Qur’ans and commentaries.  These books often meant the most to their readers and so they adorned…

29 May 2012bindings

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings, Week 37: a 19th century hand-painted binding

This week’s binding highlight is a small, precious thing found by our reading room staff whilst doing shelf-checking in the Reserve Collection. It is the 1854 printing (5th edition) of Jean-Baptiste (or Abbé) Duchaine’s Les trois frères écossais,a children’s adventure novel. This book was printed by Mame et Cie, Imprimeurs-Libraires, a French publishing house run…

23 February 2012bindings