Inklings of adventure (1836)
Ribbon embossing is a type of ornamentation
applied to book-cloth to add decoration beyond that of
graining.These designs are generally
geometric or floral motifs repeated across the cloth, often with a fine rib background. Common colors of ribbon-embossed cloth are blue and green.
Ribbon-embossed designs were not particularly
durable and often wore down over time. Many examples are
hard to recognize today because the designs are largely worn
The PBO database includes books bound
in ribbon-embossed book-cloth dating back to 1829.
here to search for books bound with
Tanselle, G. Thomas. "The Bibliographical Description of Patterns." In Studies
in Bibliography. Vol. 23. Charlottesville, Va.: Bibliographical Society
of the University of Virginia. 71-102. 1970.
to Gallery of Cloth Grain Patterns.