Friday, March 06, 2009

Uncut Leaves

seen on the BookArts discussion list...

I just read a good bookbinding quote in Charles Reade's "Christie Johnstone", published in 1853. Describing how a gentleman passes time on a journey:
"[Your manservant] puts in your hand a new tale like this; you mourn the superstition of booksellers, which still inflicts uncut leaves upon humanity, though tailors do not send home coats with the sleeves stitched up..."

Bob Roberts