Blind tooling

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Blind tooling (uncountable)

  1. "A method of decorating a book in which impressions are made in the covering material, usually leather or tawed skin, by means of heated tools, pallets, rolls, fillets, or combinations of one or more of these. As the name implies, blind tooling does not entail the use of leaf metal, foil, or any other coloring material, with the possible exception of carbon, which is sometimes used to darken the impressions."[1]
    Synonym: blank tooling (obsolete)
    Synonym: antique tooling (obsolete)
    Synonym: dumb tooling (obsolete)
    Synonym: dead tooling (obsolete)
    Antonym: gold tooling

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15th century German binding with blind tooling



  1. Roberts, Don., et al. Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books : a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. Library of Congress : For Sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1982.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Macchi, Federico, Livio Macchi, Milena Alessi, Michel Wittock, and Piccarda Quilici. Dizionario Illustrato Della Legatura. Milano: S. Bonnard, 2002. Print.
  3. Sidoti, Alessandro. Personal correspondence. 11 September 2014.