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The Government of the Tongue

Allestree, Richard, 1619-1681
Oxford: At the Theater
Nettie Hale Rand Collection of Fine Bindings and Printing, BJ1551 .A4 1675, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

The endpapers on this copy of The Government of the Tongue display a unique marbling technique. Paper marbling was a very popular around this time period, and highlighted the craftsmanship inherent in the design and binding of different monographs. Here, the colors of the marbling pull in the color of the cover, creating a beautiful effect that adds value to the book. Paper marbling began in East Asia, but quickly spread to Europe due to its beauty and it continued to be popular in book design. Today marbling is also used for fabric and three dimensional surfaces to add a decorative touch to different mediums.