Finishing

The first gold lines are put on

The final process was ‘finishing’ – the decoration and titling of the covers using heated brass tools. This requires both considerable pressure and accuracy.

The original binding’s design was followed as closely as possible in a combination of gold and ‘blind’ (where gold is not added) tooling.

 

 

 

 

 

Following a template for the title

All 4 volumes are held in a purpose-built jig

Crests & titles before removing excess gold

Building up the blind patterns

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