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Introduction

The British Library holds one of the world's leading collections of fine and historic bindings. Numbering in their thousands, the bindings are included in discrete specialist collections and dispersed individually throughout the Library's holdings.


The database is a work in progress and some records are incomplete. Amendments will be incorporated and additions made whenever possible. Comments on the database are welcome.


At present, coverage includes selected bindings on western European printed books. The Library hopes to widen the scope of the database to include bindings it holds from other parts of the world and bindings from other institutions. It is hoped that structural details will be recorded in the future, if further resources are forthcoming.


Not all significant bindings have been included. Images have only been provided where condition and suitability for digitisation allow. Spines of bookbindings have not normally been digitised. Technical bookbinding terms have been kept to a minimum to accommodate the non specialist. See About the records for further information.


The bindings are available for reference in the Rare Books & Music Reading Room. All users of the Library's reading rooms must have a reader's pass.


We are most grateful to Mr Federico Macchi, Dr Jan Storm van Leeuwen and Dr Konrad von Rabenau for their extensive contributions to the 'Binders' and 'Notes' fields.


The text and images (except where otherwise stated) appearing on the British Library's Database of Bookbindings pages are Copyright© The British Library. If you would like to order any of the images on this website as photographic prints or in digital form, contact British Library Images Online or British Library Reproductions.


The British Library is grateful to all copyright owners who have given permission to reproduce images on the database. We have used our best endeavours to obtain permission where necessary and will of course correct any errors or omissions.


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