Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Inside a Bookbinder's Atelier, 1799

by Stephen J. Gertz

From the binder's perspective, the tools of the trade. From the book's perspective, instruments of torture!

Engraving from Neues Bilderbuch für Kinder... Nouvelle galerie pour les enfans, contenant differens objets pris dans l'histoire naturelle, les sciences, les arts et métiers, dessinés fedèlement, avec une explication en quartre langues. Leipsic [sic]: Chés Fréédric Gotthelf Baumgaertner, n.d. [1799].

With our thanks to Rodolphe Chamonal Livres Anciens for the image.


  1. The bottom part of the plate, with the tools, is actually a slightly reworked image from P. N. Sprengel, Kunst und Handwercke in Tabellin mit Kupfern, Berlin, 1778, Plate 1. Jeff


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