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