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Miller, Julia (Conservator)

Books will speak plain : a handbook for identifying and describing historical bindings / Julia Miller.

Ann Arbor, Mich. : The Legacy Press, 2010.
Physical Description:
xv, 510 p., [64] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm. + 1 DVD-ROM (col. ; 4 3/4 in.)
Reference Library
Z269 .M64 2010 (LC) ;
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
Note: Please contact the Reference Library to schedule an appointment [Email ycba.reference@yale.edu]

BEIN Stack Ref. Z269 .M64 2010 (LC) Oversize: Dust jacket.
BEIN 2018 +26: Dust jacket.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [480]-496) and index.
System requirements for DVD-ROM: Adobe reader; color monitor.
Subject Terms:
Bookbinding -- History.
Cataloging of rare books -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.

  • Introduction : the purpose of this handbook
  • The early history of the codex
  • The medieval manuscript book and beyond
  • 1450 to 1800 : the book changes radically
  • The book from 1800 to 1900
  • Identifying binding materials and applications
  • Describing historical bindings--a template for action
  • The task ahead and conclusion
  • Appendixes 1. Historical bindings--structure and style hierarchy
  • 2. Sample survey suggestions and description case studies
  • 3. Stacks maintenance and physical condition assessment guidelines.