How was it made? Printing and binding a book

From arranging metal letters into words, to decorating a leather cover with hot tools – watch the process of a book being printed and bound from start to finish.

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Background image: The Spectator, printed for Sam Buckley, sold by A. Baldwin, 1711 – 1714, England. Library no. Dyce 9379. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London