Turning the Book Wheel
A tumblr of semi-random stuff from the stacks of the Smithsonian Libraries
12 of December, 2013

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

John Keats, Endymion 1818

Doublure in Levant Morocco, with inlay and tooling. By Robert Riviere and Son, Sometime after 1880.

A doublure is a bookbinding term, from the French doublure, that describes an ornamental or decorative lining on the inside of a book. This one is made with an unidentified “quality leather,” probably goat skin, that is particularly soft or pliable and ideal for bookbinding work.

Update: Image is from Holme, Charles. 1914. The art of the book. London: “The Studio” Ltd. p.95. Our Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library has a 1920 book on an exhibit by Riviere & Son at the Leipzig Exhibition in 1914, also full of wonderfully elaborate bookbindings.

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Tags:  #poetry  #Keats  #book arts  #design  #ornamentation  #knotwork  #Typography  #bookbinding

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