Sharing a binding
This is a clever book from the 18th century, printed in Oxford in 1756. It presents both the Old and New Testament, although the books are not bound together the regular way, behind one another. Instead, the binder opted to place them next to each other. This very rare binding technique is part of a family that includes the dos-à-dos (or “back to back”) binding, which I blogged about before (here). Having the two testaments bound this way allowed the reader to consult passages from both books at the same time. Indeed, the empty pages in the front and back are filled with notes, including in Greek and Hebrew. It appears this clever binding had a reader to match.
Pic: Manchester, Chetham’s Library (source).
Amazing endpapers from Rudyard Kipling’s With the Night Mail, published in 1909.
….as if somehow you were a missing piece of me that had been lost for a thousand years,
a cosmic limb set adrift long ago, and forgotten.
Lisa Fonssagrives wearing dress by Lucien Lelong in death-defying pose high atop the Eiffel Tower overlooking the city of Paris, photo by Erwin Blumenfeld, French Vogue, May 1939
Illustrations of the principles of color harmony from George Field’s 1817 Chromatics, or, an essay on the analogy and harmony of colours.