A term used in reference to books to refer to a book with a high quality leather binding. A fine binding is different from a mass produced leather binding in that the leather is almost always of a higher quality, and that the stamping of designs into the leather is done by hand instead of by machine. Fine bindings are generally signed, that is, the name of the bindery is stamped somewhere on the leather, generally inside the cover.
Fine bindings are prized by collectors mostly for the quality of their craftsmanship, and as objects, not as books. Most books with fine bindings on the used and antiquarian book market now were made between about 1800 and 1925, though fine bindings continue to be made today.