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Rare Books reference guide

Paper & Bindings


Bound to Please: A History of Fine Leather Bindings. An online exhibit of different bindings used in bookmaking.

British Armorial Binding database. A comprehensive catalogue of coats of arms, crests, and other heraldic devices.

Database of Bookbindings. A browseable and searchable illustrated database of different bindings held by the British Library.


Decorated Paper Collection (University of Washington) Database of European papers produced between the 17th-19th centuries.


BO - Briquet Online

Piccard Collection of Watermarks

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