Well-Dressed Book: Cloth Book Binding in the United States 1830-1920
This exhibit, originally on display in the Maryland Room Gallery of the University of Maryland’s Hornbake Library from February to December 2008, explores the many facets of publishers’ cloth book bindings as cultural artifacts.

Books as physical objects are significant reminders of popular tastes in the material culture of the 19th Century. An evolution in these tastes and the emergence of new styles over time are hallmarks of the cloth bindings on display.

"The Well-Dressed Book" pays particular attention to the binding industry in 19th-Century Baltimore, an important secondary center of book production that has not received the attention it deserves.
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