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Modern Gold Tooling

In the nineteenth century the technique of gold tooling developed in two separate directions. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, the machine-assisted or block-stamped process quickly evolved and became dominant. It was less time consuming and less expensive to block-stamp a book and the process allowed for mass production. Now everyone could own beautifully decorated books, not just the wealthy. The down side was that bookbindings were cheaply done and were not always well designed. Fortunately the traditional hand-tooled process did survive. At the end of the nineteenth century it underwent a revival buoyed by the Arts and Crafts Movement led by such artists as William Morris of the Kelmscott Press.

Year: 1900
Reference: Joseph Bedier, ed. (1864-1938). Le Roman de Tristan et Iseut... Paris: L'Édition d'Art, H. Piazza & Cie., [ca. 1900]. 214 p. 31 x 24 cm.
Description: Bound in brown morocco with gilt decorative roll and fillet borders and decorations in an arabesque style on covers and spine. Gilt lettering on spine. Gilt decorative roll on turn-ins. With silk endpapers. Top edge gilt.
Signed binding.
Binder: Miquelrius
Gift: Charles Deering
Catalog Record: https://miami-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/lrv5ko/01UOML_ALMA21159106010002976

Year: 1895
Reference: William Morris (1834-1896). The Life and Death of Jason: A Poem. Hammersmith: Printed by... William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1895. 353 p. 30 x 22.5 cm.
Description: Bound in brown morocco with gilt fillet borders and pointillé and blind-stamped ornaments. Raised spine bands. Gilt title, fillets, pointillé and ornaments on spine. Top edge gilt.
Signed binding. Tooled in gilt: Bound by Zaehnsdorf 1895.
Binder: Zaehnsdorf
Gift: Charles Deering
Catalog Record: https://miami-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/lrv5ko/01UOML_ALMA21212881360002976

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