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Blog post from Thursday, 13 November, 2014

Fine Bindings

State Library of New South Wales - Rare Books and Special collections

Since the fifth century bindings have been used to hold together gatherings of paper or parchment. The early bindings were designed to preserve the information contained within the volume, making it easier to hold, to store and to transport. The spread of learning across Europe, the introduction of printing and rise of literacy increased the demand for books and influenced the development of the trade from a small medieval workshop to the mass-production of the twentieth century.

Read more about rare books and special collections at the State Library of New South Wales in our Heritage Collection publications.