All-Metal Book Bindings in the 19th Century

Pages 96–104
DOI 10.2478/amnpsc-2018-0013
Keywords all-metal book bindings – repoussé – hallmarking – Himmelschlüssel – folk culture
Type of Article Peer-reviewed
Citation SLOVIK, Radomír a SLOVIK-VÁVROVÁ, Hana. All-Metal Book Bindings in the 19th Century. Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum. Prague: National Museum, 2018, 63(3-4), 96–104. DOI: ISSN 2570-6861 (Print), 2570-687X (Online). Also available from:
Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum | 2018/63/3-4

The article presents the results of the research activities of Hana Slovik-Vávrová concerning the mapping of preserved all-metal brass book bindings in the collections of institutions in the Czech Republic. She has recorded a total of 145 of these exceptional book bindings from between the end of the 18th century and the 1920s, coming from 18 organisations. All-metal book bindings have not been devoted enough attention although they represent a very interesting chapter in the history of book binding. An outcome of this work is a comprehensive description and detailed documentation of all researched all-metal book bindings. A valuable part is a catalogue of book bindings and of ornaments used in the decoration of all-metal book bindings.

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