February 14, 2014
Ripped leather.
From the front cover of Opere Teatrali, v. 30, by Carlo Goldon (1793). Original from Princeton University. Digitized August 13, 2008.

Ripped leather.

From the front cover of Opere Teatrali, v. 30, by Carlo Goldon (1793). Original from Princeton University. Digitized August 13, 2008.

March 26, 2013

Scuffed leather covers photographed in high-contrast black and white.

From The History of Timur-Bec: Known by the Name of Tamerlain the Great, Emperor of the Moguls and Tartars: Being an Historical Journal of His Conquests in Asia and Europe, v. 1, by Sharaf al-Dīn ʻAlī Yazdī (1723). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized July 3, 2008.

September 19, 2012

Leather (high contrast, black and white).

From the rear cover of Mechanick Exercises: or, The Doctrine of Handy-works by Joseph Moxon (1703). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized July 30, 2009. 

September 9, 2012
The book in the digitization environment (across the gutter).
From the back matter of The Trial of the Honourable Admiral John Byng (1757). Original from the Bavarian State Library. Digitized June 24, 2010.

The book in the digitization environment (across the gutter).

From the back matter of The Trial of the Honourable Admiral John Byng (1757). Original from the Bavarian State Library. Digitized June 24, 2010.

February 6, 2012

Leather-covered boards digitized in black and white.

From The Critical History of the Religions and Customs of Eastern Nations by Richard Simon (1685). 

January 31, 2012

Pixellated leather samples (or print of leather textures).

The frontispiece of The Leather Goods Department by Mary Augusta Lehmann (1917).

November 30, 2011

A very, very used book; leather over paper boards. 

From The New Robinson Crusoe, by Joachim Heinrich Campe (1799). [Here]

October 14, 2011
Rear cover, digitized in black and white.
From the back matter of The Dramatick Writings of Will. Shakspere [sic]: King Richard II; King Henry IV, Part 1, by William Shakespeare, with annotation by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens (1788).  [Here]

Rear cover, digitized in black and white.

From the back matter of The Dramatick Writings of Will. Shakspere [sic]: King Richard II; King Henry IV, Part 1, by William Shakespeare, with annotation by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens (1788).  [Here]

September 22, 2011

Tattered, stained, torn, leather-covered boards.

From A Collection of Novels and Tales of the Fairies, v. 1 by Marie-Catherine, Madame d’Aulnoy (1770). [Here]

September 11, 2011
Sample leather squares torn out; some adhesive remains.
From p. 564 of The Manufacture of Leather by Charles Thomas Davis (1897). [Here]

Sample leather squares torn out; some adhesive remains.

From p. 564 of The Manufacture of Leather by Charles Thomas Davis (1897). [Here]

August 24, 2011
Rear book cover digitized with acetate casing. 
From back matter of The United States Cookbook by William Vollmer (1856). [Here]

Rear book cover digitized with acetate casing. 

From back matter of The United States Cookbook by William Vollmer (1856). [Here]

August 24, 2011

Endpapers showing acidic damage, likely the result of the leather.

From the back matter of Arcana Gallica: or The Secret History of France for the Last Century (1714). [Here]

Note: See how the leather was wrapped unevenly around the boards? —kcw 

August 23, 2011
Rear cover, in scuffed leather.
From back matter of The New Foundling Hospital for Wit: Being a collection of fugitive pieces, in prose and verse, not in any other collection, v.2, by John Almon (1784). [Here]

Rear cover, in scuffed leather.

From back matter of The New Foundling Hospital for Wit: Being a collection of fugitive pieces, in prose and verse, not in any other collection, v.2, by John Almon (1784). [Here]

July 28, 2011
Image of spine of bound periodical, with library sticker, checkered digitization equipment, and black and white filter.
From The Ibis, v.5 (1899). [Here]

Image of spine of bound periodical, with library sticker, checkered digitization equipment, and black and white filter.

From The Ibis, v.5 (1899). [Here]

July 20, 2011
Torn, scored leather cover (with brief glimpse of scanning equipment)
From rear cover of New Remedies by Robley Dunglison (1846). [Here]

Torn, scored leather cover (with brief glimpse of scanning equipment)

From rear cover of New Remedies by Robley Dunglison (1846). [Here]