Restoring Old Books: Decipering an Old Sewing Pattern in the Binding
The TSLAC found a pattern, and listed it on their blog. They found one book to be "supported, two-on smythe sewing". Included in their blog posting is a close-up of the book in question, and the drawn out template of the sewing structure.
Very interesting if you're into old books, and into sewing as well.
Renee Shelton is a baker and creator of Pastry Sampler. She writes about things she likes or are important to her: the food and service industry, gardening, sewing, and all things pastry. When she isn't barefoot in the kitchen with a dirty apron, you'll find her scouting out old books for her collection.