Description In the late 19th century, new influences in design meant leaving behind the rigid conventions of the rectangle. Here, binder Petrus Ruban creates a pattern of gold-tooled rosettes that flows across the entire book, wrapping around both front and back and conveying a sense of movement. This is in direct contrast with the tradition of treating each cover and the book's spine independently from each other, enclosing the spaces in a border with symmetrical design elements at corners and center.
- Bookbindings from the Gilded Age. 2013-2014.
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore, before 1931; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, before 1931
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