English embroidered book bindings

Posted by jerry on January 26th, 2006 — Posted in History, Journal, Writing

I was having a quick browse of the Project Gutenberg top 100 books for 26 Jan and came across this one not too far from the top – It is the complete “English Embroidered Bookbindings” by Cyril Davenport. This is a fascinating look at embroidered bookbindings, and includes essays on the embroidery techniques employed. The language is a bit “Mr Collins” of Pride and Prejudice – a bit on the precious side, but the articles make great reading.

Embroidered book

Davenport categories the bindings into four classes: heraldic, figure, floral, and arabesque. He further divides the figure designs into three: scriptural, symbolic, or portraits. He then also categorises them according to the material on which they are worked: canvas, velvet or satin, noting that canvas was used from the 14th to the 17th centuries, but notes that velvet was most largely used during the Tudor period, while satin was the material of choice for the early stuart period.

embroidered book

The stitching techniques are illustrated, as are examples of embroidered book bags. There is a large number of illustrations – mostly in black and white, but it is clear that there is some exquisite work in these book bindings.



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Comment by Sarah E.

WOW! Beauty and inspiration boggle my mind once again…thanks so much for sharing this gem!!

Posted on January 30, 2006 at 4:03 am

Comment by debby

what a find thank you for digging debby

Posted on January 30, 2006 at 3:41 pm

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