An ornamented binding

This edition of Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles still features its original binding - a layer of leather concealing strong wooden boards.

Bookbinders used a technique called tooling to apply patterns. This meant using a hot iron to stamp patterns into the leather. For repetitive designs or lines, rollers were sometimes used - allied to a binder's steady hand.[click here to read more]

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