This chapter discusses binding—the act of folding printed sheets into folios or quartos or octavos or other formats, and then attaching those folded sheets to one another to create a book. Binding is thus a deliberate act that creates meaning through the presentation and collation of the leaves it encloses. For most of the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries, binding began with a stack of folded sheets. Many books could be purchased only stitched, or on the Continent still in sheets. A binding was usually completed when boards for the front and back covers were sewn to the bands, and then covered along with the spine with leather or paper. The covers and spine might then be decorated with a design comprising lettering and little tool marks, with gold leaf attached to some or all of that design. As this suggests, bindings available for any given edition were various and often came at multiple price points depending on decoration or type of leather. Binding was thus also a realm of consumer choice.
Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.