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Reflections on Bindings: Blind Stamped Bindings

This guide is an online version of the exhibit "Reflections on Bindings: Using New Imaging Technology to Study Historical Bindings" held at the Lillian Goldman Law Library Rare Book Collection

Tools and Techniques

This tool is a roll. It impresses a repeating pattern onto the surface of the binding.

By looking at how the image repeats on a tooled binding, it is possible to discover if it was created with a roll, and to digitally recreate the order of the design elements on the roll.


Panel stamps are large designs engraved into metal or wood. They often depict historical or allegorical figures. 

Blind Stamped Bindings