Monday, April 11, 2011

Vellum Bindings: 1750s - a quick peek

Recently we began to investigate the production of vellum, particularly that taken from unborn or recently born animals (and briefly the practice of book-bindings from human skin also came forward).   As vellum production appears largely to have become a lost art, it was interesting to note that a 'fine vellum' book cover was found on a recent antique book for sale on Ebay, namely a printing of a Greek strategy book.   Here are a few shots of this cover, and the vellum is certainly striking for its 'milky-white' look, while still maintaining a translucent edge according to the photos:


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