Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Ranger, Edmund ( d 1705 )

A bookbinder of Colonial New England, and a contemporary of JOHN RATCLIFF . Ranger was admitted as a freeman of Boston and established his business in 1671 as a publisher, bookbinder, and bookseller. The earliest known gold-tooled bindings of his date from 1682. Ranger was one of the first American bookbinders to use silk headbands in lieu of linen threads and, like Ratcliff, he sewed his books on both raised and sunken cords (thongs). Ranger covered his books in leather and employed marbled endpapers, gilt edges, and gold tooling, all in addition to his work in so-called PLAIN BINDING .

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