978Book Cover at te Bibliotéque Nationale de France
- Mar 1, 2002Hello to everyone. I came across this wonderful image of a a book cover in
the Bibliotéque Nationale de France.
It is very similar to a paper depicted in Albert Haemmerle's book Buntpapier
and another example in the Nüsret Hepgül collection at the Süleymaniye
Library in Istanbul. The caption says thhat it is late 18th century, so
perhaps it's the work of Hatip Mehmed Effendi, a student, or just another
craftsman working at the same time.... Note how the leather frames the
board, in the binding style known as çaharkuse (from the persian Chahar
Kosha- literally "Four- corner"). In this example even the flap is covered
with the marbling on the outside (unfortunately not show), while the inside
is lined with a bright purple paper.
Perhaps they will mount other marbled images from their collelctions in the
future. I hope so!
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