word of the day – Blind tooling

Blind Tooling.

a method of decorating a book cover in which impressions are made in the leather by means of heated tools. As the name implies, blind-tooling does not entail the use of leaf metal, foil, or any other colouring material. also called embossed, though not accurately.

site to see • A database is devoted to the description and the reproduction of 12th to 18th century blind-tooled bookbindings in the collections of the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève.

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