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About the records

Each bindings record comprises a sequence of descriptive elements as follows.

Note that items marked with a * are in the authority lists for descriptions searches

Shelfmark
The British Library or National Library of the Netherlands shelfmark for an item, excluding punctuation (ie full stops, brackets).

* Country
The country in which the item was bound.

* Period
The century in which the item was bound.

* Cover material
The material used for the cover.

* Colour
The main colour or colours of the binding.

* Decorative technique
How the covers were decorated, eg tooled, painted etc.

* Style/type
Indicative of artistic movement, eg Cubist; individual motifs, eg urn; and overall design, eg centre and cornerpiece.

* Edges
Descriptive of decoration used on the edges of the leaves, eg marbled, gauffered (ie tooled).

* Bookbinder
The name of the binder. Omit apostrophes, eg Queens Binder A, not Queens' Binder A, and foreign accents. Where the binder is identified by initials, the name is filed under the second initial, eg the binder R L is filed under L.

* Ownership mark
Marks indicating who owned the book.

Author
The name of the author(s) or attributed author(s) of the work. Omit foreign accents.

Title
The title of the work(s). Omit foreign accents.

Place of publication
The place of publication of the work - not necessarily in the country of the binding. This normally takes the English form, eg Lyons, (France), not Lugduni.

Date of publication
The date of publication of the work - not necessarily the date of the binding.

Notes
Miscellaneous notes about the book or its binding, only searchable through Keyword search or Quick search.
Including:

  • Details of bosses, clasps, ties, wooden boards, binder's signature etc. Use Approved Terms list.
  • Details of items with similar bindings.
  • References to other sources for further details about this binding. A full list of sources is given in the bibliography.
  • Copyright acknowledgement where appropriate.

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