Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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mirror binding

A style of decoration featuring a dark marbled central panel (the mirror), surrounded by a gold tooled frame and, outside of that, a lighter area that is also surrounded, but by a blind rather than a gold tooled line. The spine is usually heavily gilt. So-called mirror bindings were popular in Denmark in the 18th century. (104 )




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