Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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pinhead style

A style of decoration executed by means of a stamp cut with fine dotted lines on its face. The fine curved or spiral lines are broken into a series of small dots and are arranged to form a web or network over the entire cover or around a central panel surrounding a coat of arms. This style came into existence in France in the later years of the reign of Louis XIII. In this type of ornamentation there were faint traces of baroque ornaments. The dotted stamps were also used on the spines of books and inside the covers when doublures were used. See also:POINTILLÉ (1) . (104 )

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