Mirjam Foot (ed.), Eloquent Witnesses: Bookbindings and Their History

Eloquent Witnesses

London: The Bibliographical Society and The British Library, 2004.

328 pages, 8 colour illustrations and 101 B&W illustrations, 244 x 168 mm, hardback, 2004.
ISBN: 0 712348 27 1.
£35.00.

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This collection of essays demonstrates the change in direction the study of bookbinding history has taken. Much of the work published here is based on minute observation of details of techniques and materials, as well as on close study of decorative tools and the ways in which these were used to reflect the styles and fashions of the day. It is a book intended for a specialist reader, who wants to deepen their knowledge of bookbinding history.