Judging a Book by Its Cover: Gold-Stamped Publishers' Bindings of the 19th Century

VI. Coats of Arms > Introduction

Coats of arms were often employed as decorative ownership marks, in blind or in gold, on hand-tooled bindings of the pre-industrial era. In their search for status, publishers' gold-stamped bindings had recourse to "coat of arms" motifs, using them most frequently on books related to clubs, groups, and governmental organizations, as well as historical subjects.

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