Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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pictorial bindings

Wrappered bindings with pictorial decorations, generally executed in one color, and usually on a black or colored background. Gilt pictorial decoration on the spines of publishers' cloth bindings was common in the late 1830s and the 1840s. A similar technique was used on cloth, and although glazed pictorial cloth bindings were never as common as those boarded or wrappered, they were used occasionally until the end of the 19th century. (69 )

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