What are publishers' bookbindings?
Publishers' bookbindings - also known as publishers' bindings, trade bindings, and decorative bindings - are books produced in the mid-nineteenth (1800s) to early twentieth (1900s) century, particularly those manufactured through industrial processes with decorative cover designs.
Publishers' bindings come in all colors. They were published internationally, in several languages, and by large and small publishing houses.
Publishers' bindings are excellent primary resources for those interested in African-American and Women's Studies; American, Children's, and English Literature; the Industrial Era; as well as book conservation, the history of reading and publishing, art history, women in the workforce, African-American writers, travel writing, and changing trends in popular fiction.
Explore Brooklyn College Library's collection of these important books and learn more about how to research them by clicking on the menu pages in this Guide.
Publishers' bindings in the Brooklyn College collection. Original Guide and collage by Diane Dias De Fazio, 2016.
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