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Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books
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Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books is an IMLS funded project with The University of Alabama Libraries as the lead institution, working with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries to make available this cutting-edge digital resource relating to the study of 19th and early 20th century American book covers.

There are currently 3,505 new records in the PBO database. We are constantly updating the website and adding to the project. To stay on top of all the exciting new features, visit our New@PBO page!

In addition to the database, there are several exciting resources developed to aid in the study of the book bindings and the era they represent. This includes nineteen galleries with essays and examples on a host of topics relating to the Publishers' Bindings era. Among those featured are galleries on Mark Twain,Uncle Tom's Cabin, New Orleans, The American West, The Industrial Revolution, Louisa May Alcott, and Confederate Imprints. We have also developed some unique teaching tools such as lesson plans that provide unique insights into life and culture in 19th century America as well as essays and resources on the study of Publishers' bindings bindings designers, silver and gold stamping, book cloth grain patterns, and a comprehensive look at Publishers' Bindings Through the Decades.

The project has received a great deal of attention and has been widely quoted, cited, and referenced. Visit our Publicity & Outreach page to how the project had been disseminated.

We welcome your comments — please contact the PBO project via email.