Does the specialized vocabulary of rare book descriptions read like a secret language to you? In this series we will unveil the meanings behind a few of the more unusual and interesting terms that can read like a secret code to the uninitiated. Today: Doublures.
The Definition: When a book is bound elaborately, the binder will sometimes use leather to cover the interiors of the book’s boards, often with swoon-inducing designs. These leather interiors of the book’s binding are called doublures. In some cases, the term can be applied to other materials such as decorated silk.
The Context: The term is French, which will surprise no one who loves bindings. The French have long valued the art of book binding. Many stunning techniques were either developed or popularized by the French who, naturally, are known for their taste in beautiful things.
Let us know if you’re interested in collecting bindings with doublures and we’ll help you find them.
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Andrew Sims says: February 6, 2015 at 1:52 am
Beautiful doublures! How about a feature explaining the various leather types & their recognition especially decorated calf such as marbled calf, tree-calf etc. Or perhaps something on the various protective devices such as solander cases, slip-cases.