of Publishers' Bindings-Related Terms
The PBO glossary
contains over 450 entries relating to bindings and
of Print and Online Resources
These working documents provide bibliographic information
on print resources and links to online resources relating
to the study and appreciation of publishers' bindings. Print Resources | Online Resources
Biographies and Examples
The PBO project has painstakingly identified designers
that are included in the project, both identified and unidentified.
This master list of designers also includes links to the
database to provide all available examples of each designer.
As part of our work with binding designers, we have also
provided short biographies of some of the most prolific
bindings designers, along with some examples of their monograms.
Vocabulary for Subject Headings
This comprehensive list of terms used to describe both
the book bindings themselves and the imagery on the
covers is provided here. The list allows users to scan
through the terms we have used. Each subject heading
term is clickable and allows access to the search results
for that term.
Gallery of Book-Cloth Grain Patterns
This resource provides detailed views of the cloth used
in 19th century book bindings featured in the PBO project.
Thee cloth used to cover books is an often-overlooked
of decoration. Not
only is the color of the cloth an important consideration,
but the texture, or grain pattern, of the cloth may be
used to add depth and detail to the design of the binding.
Across the Land
Accessable through an 1855 map of the United
States, this resource allows users to view lists of publishers
included in the PBO project by region. Simply click on
the map and narrow your search by state, then by city.
This resource is still in development, and we welcome
your comments as to how it might be more useful.
Publishers' Bindings by Decade
This page serves as a gateway to entertaining and informative
essays about each decade covered in the PBO project.
Major movements in the design and overall look of publishers'
bindings can be better understood by reviewing the
bindings themselves as a group by decade. We have created
a gallery search for eleven periods covered in the
scope of the PBO project. In addition, each decade
gallery provides end users with interesting information
about the styles of that period, as well as some insight
into the major literary, cultural, and historical events
that occured during the decade.
These decades galleries
are interesting to explore, but they also prove excellent
tools for the study of American
history and culture.
Publishers' Bindings Galleries
The galleries we have created are a means of gaining
additional information and insight into specific aspects
of the Publishers' Bindings Online project.
The galleries include short essays, teaching resources,
bibliographic resources, and links to search results
within the PBO database. Galleries created address specific
eras, geographic locations, single authors,
and designers, as well as specific physical mediums.
Scandinavian-American Publisher Holdings, 1840-1920
This resource is a comprehensive bibliography of UW-Madison's
holdings by Scandinavian-American Publishers during
the publishers' bindings era. The bibliography was
by Ann K. D. Myers with
initial research by David S. Gehring and managed
2004-2005. Many of the titles included in the bibliography
are part of the PBO project database.