An exploration of 18th century French binding techniques according to Diderot

Isabelle Ting-McGowan

Diderot’s Encyclopédie as it’s commonly referred to, offers a record of how bindings were done in France and Europe during this time period. This binding was one of the last trade hand-binding made on a commercial scale in the late 18th century. Soon the binding trade would become an increasingly mechanised industry and binding techniques considerably changed. The style is easily recognisable. This talk and demonstration will cover these aspects.

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