This is why I can’t stop giggling while working on this 18th century herbal.
Edge decoration and marbled endpapers on an 18th century French binding.
One of the library staff found this book in the stacks and brought it to me to see if we should maybe put it somewhere safer (like Special Collections). It was published in 1798, and I’m pretty sure that’s the original binding, based on the paste-paper cover and hand-written spine label. The paper is absolutely […]
Welcome to the 18th century, where the ex libris are made up and the straightness of your tooling doesn’t matter.