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Exhibition: Cover to Cover: Exposing the Bookbinder’s Ancient Craft

Bookbinding is a humble pursuit. Rarely does it receive the attention and glamour afforded to other ancient crafts.  Unlike the silversmith or the glassblower, whose talents are immediately obvious, the binder’s craft of construction is largely concealed.  Durability and function are foremost in the bookbinder’s mind; theirs is a role of guardianship – they serve […]

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The herball, or Generall historie of plantes. Gathered by John Gerarde…; Very much enlarged and amended by T. Johnson. 1636

A massive tome of some 1630 pages, The herball, or Generall historie of plantes was first published in 1597. Essentially, a gigantic plant catalogue, it documented more than 1,000 species, many accompanied by hand-coloured illustrations. It brought John Gerard instant fame and remained highly esteemed for the next 200 years. Generally considered to be the […]

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