Traditional-style tight-joint binding, sewn on seven raised bands covered in beige Niger goatskin and tooled with blind lines evocative of fifteenth-century blind-tooled bindings of the time when The Imitation of Christ was first published. Onlay of azure blue goatskin in an eighteenth-century shape on the front cover, echoed with blind tooling on the back cover, refers to the 1788 Didot printing of this edition. Linoleum cuts on both front and back covers in the style of fifteenth-century woodcuts, embossed in the leather and overlapping both colors on the front board. On front cover only, the linoleum cuts representing people from the author’s time and today imitating Christ. Endpapers will be chosen when the binding is complete, possibly Cockerell marbled papers with hinges, or a toned handmade paper. Gold tooled title in a typeface similar to that found in the 1788 printed text.
Stackpole, Julie, “Stackpole,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed November 29, 2022, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/2246.