"All books in English are bound, but bound badly"
Bookbinding
GNU Free Documentation LicenseBookbinding - Credit: Simon Eugster

Whereas France was enjoying a revolutionary approach to bookbinding, headed by the likes of Pierre Legrain -- whose innovative designs steered away from traditional methods -- England was in a creative slump. Partly due to the British collector's desire to acquire editions in their original condition, this trend -- which persists today -- afforded binders little opportunity to experiment with modern concepts.