Bindings of Baskerville: study of the bindings found on John Baskerville’s editions in the British Isles and abroad (18th-19th century)
Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW)
This research focuses on the way Baskerville’s editions have been bound during his lifetime and shortly after, in the UK and abroad. From 1750 to his death in 1775, John Baskerville, printer and type-founder from Birmingham, devoted most of his life to the book production in an attempt to master every aspects of it. The binding was also amongst his preoccupations, but this aspect has never been fully studied before. This research intends to study both the bindings produced in his bindery and other types of binding found on his editions, from a material perspective, in an attempt to better understand the little-studied history of bookbinding and the book trade in Birmingham in the 18th century.