Book Review — English Embroidered Bookbindings

March 9, 2008 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Book Review, Embroidery, Project Gutenberg | 1 Comment

So, lets see what caught my eye in PG’s Crafts Bookshelf today. English Embroidered Bookbindings is a truly beautiful book and should be required reading for everybody who loves books and textiles. For a small taste, have a look at the frontispiece:

English Embroidered Bookbindings - Frontispiece
There are lots of black and white and a few colour plates in this book, and you can see a bigger version of any of them by clicking on the image. The book gives examples of the different designs used to decorate bookbindings with embroidery. After an introductory chapter telling some of the history and about the techniques employed to create embroidered bookbindings, the following chapters present books bound in canvas, velvet and silk, respectively. Each illustration is accompanied by some information about the book, its history and the designs used in the embroidery. All in all a really beautiful book I can’t get enough of.

As many other books on PG and the Crafts Bookshelf, this book was prepared for publication as an e-book by the volunteers at Distributed Proofreaders. This site is set up so that everybody can help with e-book preparation by proofreading just one page at a time. I’ve been a volunteer over there for more than a year now and am still enjoying myself very much. So, if you’re interested in old books, about needlework or lots of other subjects, you might consider hopping over and having a look round, you’d probably enjoy it! 😀

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  1. […] it has been reviewed more than some of the other Project Gutenberg books I’ve read.  At Textile Dreams, Mindsigh, and as always the book itself at Project […]


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