Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious

Introduction The Early Codex and Coptic Sewing Early European Sewing and Board Attachment Later Sewing And Boards Labor-Saving Methods And Materials Endleaves Endbands Edge Decoration Clasps, Furniture, and Other Closures Blind Tooling Panels And Rolls Gold Tooling Binding Waste Aldines Italian Bindings German Bindings French Bindings British Bindings Temporary Bindings Onlays Bindings For Collectors Binders' Marks Modern Conservation Binding Large And Small, Fixed And Portable Embroidered Bindings Bindings From Early America Twentieth Century English And American Bindings
211 exhibits in 26 groups showing genres and structures

The craft and art of binding books by hand was vividly chronicled in an exhibition at Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Entitled "Hand Bookbindings: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious," the exhibition ran from November 10, 2002 through April 20, 2003 in the Library’s main gallery. While conventional wisdom holds that books cannot be judged by their covers, visitors had a chance to do just that from the most humble of volumes to the most luxurious; from the monastic manuscripts of the twelfth century to the special editions of the twentieth.

Now that the exhibition has run its course, it has been turned into an online display of over two hundred bindings. They are divided thematically into twenty-six categories, listed above.