Saturday, January 28, 2012

Blindstamped Binding

I have shamelessly stolen this picture from an ebay listing and I'm hoping the seller won't mind so long as you all go and click on the link. What a brilliant use of blindstamping in a commercial binding. This is Austen Layard's Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon (John Murray: London, 1853) and on the spine is an Assyrian Cherub, the originals of which you can see in the British Museum largely because of the expeditions like this one that were sponsored by them, the wings of the Cherub stretch gloriously onto both boards of the binding.

2 comments:

Chris said...

Actually it's a cherub -- 'cherubim' is a plural form in Hebrew.

Callum said...

You are, of course, quite right and the post has been ammended...

 
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