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Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:08
by James Reid-Cunningham
Chief Conservator of the Boston Athenaeum
The last few years I have been researching 17th century pierced vellum bindings. This rather obscure decorative binding features a vellum cover with decorative designs cut out of the vellum, and boards lined with brightly colored silk, satin or leather. The puncturing of the vellum cover creates a vivid visual design.