The books in the original collections at Marsh’s were collected for their content, on the whole, not their bindings. But there are some beautiful, unusual and intriguing bindings here. Mirjam Foot’s book, The Decorated Bindings in Marsh’s Library, Dublin describes some of the more important ones. Here, we will be adding photographs of binding from time to time.

The gold on vellum bindings of a huge Blaeu atlas and a tiny Elsevier history

Our other library, at Farmleigh, contains some of the most ornate and skilful examples of the binder’s craft, many from the eighteenth century when Ireland’s binders led the world. Watch this space for more news of these exquisite bindings!

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