Gauffered Edges

Gauffering describes the act of applying a patterned decoration to the text block edges of a book.  This type of ornamentation is used most often on books with gold or gilded edges.  The example shown is a copy of The Poetical Works of John Dryden, which has been gauffered with a rope and star pattern using heated metal stamps and rollers.

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  1. […] that all edges have been gilt and gauffered using Pictish designs (see above and left). Normally, gauffered edges are made using a simple tool or pattern, however this design has been custom-made for this binding, […]

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