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Gorgeous Bindings as Art Objects

Bindings as plastic art objects hold a special position between the text-oriented collections of libraries and the object-related historical art collections. Within the framework of a project funded by the German Research Foundation exemplary modular standards for the description of these independent art objects were developed on the basis of a selected corpus of medieval and modern goldsmith bindings and Tibetan book covers from the holdings of the Bavarian State Library. At the same time these objects were digitized. Selected pieces were also analysed by the Institute of Conservation and Restoration of the Bavarian State Library, using material science and art technology methods.

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