Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Venetian binding

A style of binding, obtained directly from the Near East, probably in the 1480s, the boards of which were composed of, or coated with, some form of paper composition that permitted the corners and centers to be stamped in sunken panels or shaded compartments. The entire board was generally covered with thinly pared leather, which was then coated with a colored lacquer and painted with arabesques in gold. This style of binding often incorporated the lion of St. Mark painted on the center panel, and was perhaps used as the official binding of the Statutes and Commissions of the Venetian Senate. (124 , 280 , 371 )

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