Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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mosaic bindings

Bookbindings decorated by inlaying or onlaying small pieces of leather of various colors to form patterns. The technique is particularly associated with the work of the 19th century French bookbinders, Antoine Michel Padeloup, Louis Fran,cois, and Jean Le Monier. This form of decoration has been used for a considerable length of time; examples of mosaics of inlaid leather, while extremely rare, date back to the 16th century. Painted mosaics consist of geometrical interlacings filled with a colored and varnished incrustation, with borders of gold lines. Very brilliant when first executed, the composition in time cracks and peels off, thus damaging the line work of gold encircling it. See PLATE VII . (90 , 150 ,329 , 334 )

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