Authoritive scholarship in the study of Italian Renaissance
Bookbinding has been done by Anthony Hobson. Accordingly,
this work is indebted to his Apollo and
Pegasus (1975) and Humanists and Bookbinders;
the Origins and Diffusion of the Humanistic Bookbinding,
1459-1559 (1989), two name two of the most important
works among many others. The significance of pioneering works by
Tammaro De Marinis, Ilse Shunke and others should also be
acknowledged. The methodology of this current work, however, breaks
with traditional approaches to the study of bookbinding. I have
examined the entire binding structure of a book--not simply the
decorative tooling of the covers. For this more comprehesive
approach I am indebted to Willman Spawn, Nicholas Pickwoad,
and Christopher Clarkson.
Most scholars have tried to identify the output of a binding
shop by comparing the use of decorative tools; Nicholas
Pickwoad has suggested the usefulness of more detailed
The whole process of forwarding, that is of taking the
sheets of the book from the printer or scribe and turning
them into a codex, is just as much susceptible to
variation between countries and even workshops as the
decoration and, given the ease with which designs and
finishing tools can be copied or borrowed, may even
provide a more reliable indication of the ateliers from
which bindings emerged than the evidence of the tools
Pickwoad, Spawn, Clarkson, and others have called for the
careful examination (and preservation) of original bindings,
stressing their significance as social artifacts.?? The study of Ms. Latin 13 described in these pages
has not harmed the volume in any way. I have simply
remarked on the evidence of structure that can been seen or,
in some cases, felt.
Note? Nicholas Pickwoad, "Italian and French Sixteenth-Century Bookbindings," Gazette of the Grolier Club,
New Series, 43 (1991), 58.
Note?? See Christopher Clarkson, "The Conservation of Early
Books in Codex Form: A Personal Approach: Part I." The Paper Conservator, Vol. 3 (1978), 33-50. The scholarship
of Alphonse Dain, F. Masai, Leon M. J. Delaiss and Graham
Pollard are mentioned by Clarkson as guiding influences in the
study of "the archaeology of the book."
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