By J.A. Szirmai
Long ago, experiences of the historical past of bookbinding have been regularly desirous about the outside ornament. This publication focuses awareness totally on the actual facets of the binding and its building rules. it truly is an extended model of a chain of lectures brought by means of the writer whereas vacationing Professor on the college of Amsterdam in 1987, supplemented with the result of ten years of extensive examine in significant libraries at the Continent, the uk and america. It surveys the evolution of binding constructions from the creation of the codex thousand years in the past to the shut of the center a while. half I experiences the scanty actual proof from the Mediterranean history, the early Coptic, Islamic and Ethiopian binding buildings and their interrelation with these of the Byzantine realm. half II is dedicated to a close research of Western binding concepts, distinguishing the carolingian, romanesque and gothic wooden-board bindings because the major typological entities; their constitution and serve as is in comparison with these of up to date limp bindings. The publication is illustrated with over 2 hundred drawings and images and encompasses a entire bibliography.