Books don't usually make their way into my hands in this good of condition. I'm cheap, and I frequent rummage sales instead of antiquarian booksellers, so an embossed and gold-leafed cover is looking pretty ratty by the time I get it. The University of Alabama, however, has plenty of covers in excellent condition, and they're happy to share: Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815-1930
is a wonderful resource for seeing what these books looked like in their prime.
Labels: antiquarian books, book binding, design