On the Edge. Endbands in the Bookbinding Traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Ann Arbor, MI: The Legacy Press, 2022,
First Edition. octavo, pictorial wrappers. 352 pp. The Legacy Press, Item #32351
The term endbands designates the two bands worked with thread(s) at the head and tail edges of the spine of a book. The techniques with which they are worked and the ways with which they are connected to a bound codex vary greatly over time and geography. The purpose of this book is to identify, classify and describe several of these different techniques used in manuscript books bound within different cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean from Late Antiquity until the 20th century. The book is richly illustrated with full-colour photographs and technical drawings explaining how these endbands were made and how they can be replicated. With 424 illustrations.