This book is dear to my heart. It is the first binding I completed while a student of Paule Ameline’s, an award-winning master binder in Paris, France. It is a copy of La Fontaine’s Fables illustrated by J.-J. Granville.
This is a ¾ morocco binding with leather hinges in the inside for added strength and marbled paper on covers. A binding with leather only on the spine is called a ½ leather binding (see book in workshop gallery). If leather corners are added, it becomes a ¾ binding. If made of only leather, it is called a full leather binding. Paper marbling is a method which produces patterns similar to marble. The patterns are the result of several colors floated on either plain water or a viscous solution and then carefully transferred to a sheet of paper.
This decorative material has been used to cover a variety of surfaces, particularly book covers and endpapers. Examples of marbled paper are used throughout this site as background.