Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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"painted" bindings ( "painted" leather )

1. A late 17th and early 18th century method of ornamenting the covers of books, consisting of landscapes "painted" with a chemical (possibly an iron salt, e.g., ferrous sulfate) on the cover or covers. The paintings were usually executed on fawn-colored leathers that had been paste-washed. See also: EDWARDS OF HALIFAX . 2. Leather and vellum bindings of the mid and late 16th century, which were tooled and painted in various colors, including gold, silver, green, purple, red, etc. (124 , 236 , 347 )

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