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Sa'di, died 1292
Bustan
MS. Marsh 517
Spine and front board
Caption Persian elegance. Persian, late 16th or early 17th century. Red goatskin, decorated with goldblocked centre and cornerpieces, in the most refined and elegant expression of the classic Islamic style.
Title Bustan
Author Sa'di, died 1292
folio Spine and front board
Sa'di, died 1292
Bustan
MS. Marsh 517
Spine and lower board
Caption Persian elegance. Persian, late 16th or early 17th century. Red goatskin, decorated with goldblocked centre and cornerpieces, in the most refined and elegant expression of the classic Islamic style.
Title Bustan
Author Sa'di, died 1292
folio Spine and lower board
Jami, 1414-1492
Yusuf u Zulaykha
MS. Greaves 1
Spine and front board
Caption Persian lacquer. Persian, late 16th century. Dark green goatskin, covered in lacquer painted in gold and multiple colours, with depictions of animals, birds, trees, flowers, and clouds.
Title Yusuf u Zulaykha
Author Jami, 1414-1492
folio Spine and front board
Jami, 1414-1492
Yusuf u Zulaykha
MS. Greaves 1
Spine and lower board
Caption Persian lacquer. Persian, late 16th century. Dark green goatskin, covered in lacquer painted in gold and multiple colours, with depictions of animals, birds, trees, flowers, and clouds.
Title Yusuf u Zulaykha
Author Jami, 1414-1492
folio Spine and lower board
Ripartimenti ed istruzioni
Broxb. 45.14
Spine and front board
Caption An expression of authority. Italian (Naples), c.1786. Embroidered binding, pale blue silk with large achievement of Ferdinand I, King of the Two Sicilies (1751–1825) on the covers. Heraldry was often used for presentation bindings, to flatter the recipient.
Title Ripartimenti ed istruzioni
folio Spine and front board
Officium Beatae Virginis Mar …
Broxb. 16.16
Spine and front board
Caption Fanfare. French, late 16th century. Gold-tooled red goatskin, with leather onlays in three colours, on a printed Book of Hours. Religious texts in early modern France were often given the most sumptuous bindings, in the most fashionable 'fanfare' style, as an open demonstration of the owner's piety.
Title Officium Beatae Virginis Mariae
folio Spine and front board
Duns Scotus, Johannes
Quaestiones in quatuor libro …
Auct. 1Q 4.27
Spine and front board
Caption Manuscript waste binding. German (Passau?), 17th or 18th century. Pigskin over paper boards covered with parchment sheets from a 13th/14thcentury German missal, with musical notation. A German binder was able to reuse waste material from a liturgical manuscript rendered useless by the Reformation.
Title Quaestiones in quatuor libros Sententiarum
Author Duns Scotus, Johannes
folio Spine and front board
Mackenzie, John
Disputatio juridica
Broxb. 35.12
Spine and front board
Caption Scottish 'wheel' binding. Scottish (Edinburgh), c. 1771. Red goatskin, decorated with gilt tooling in a classic 'wheel' design, one of the standard Scottish binding styles. Derived from European 'fan' bindings of the 17th century, it was notable for its innovative design and high-quality tooling.
Title Disputatio juridica
Author Mackenzie, John
folio Spine and front board
Carion, J.
Three bokes of cronicles
Broxb. 15.10
Spine and front board
Caption Gothic Revival' binding. English, early 19th century. Brown calfskin over wooden boards, blind-tooled with floral and geometric design. Doublures gilt-tooled with an elaborate cathedral design, tooled in circles with drawer-handle type tools. An example of the Victorian interest in reviving medieval aesthetics, the use of wooden boards here is a conscious reference to early bindings, while the cathedral design is contemporary fashion.
Title Three bokes of cronicles
Author Carion, J.
folio Spine and front board
Secundus, Caius Plinius
Epistolae
Broxb. 23.3
Spine and front board
Caption Emblematic binding. Italian (Rome), mid 16th century. Dark brown goatskin, with gilt border, and a cameo of Apollo and Pegasus in the centre. Bound for the young Genoese patrician Giovanni Battista Grimaldi (c. 1524–c. 1612). Grimaldi's books were colourcoded to indicate whether they were by 'ancient' or 'modern' authors.
Title Epistolae
Author Secundus, Caius Plinius
folio Spine and front board
Manuscript of the first two …
MS. Douce 292
Spine and front board
Caption Ivory plaque set in engraved metal. Flemish and/or German, early to mid 11th century. The ivory, attributed to Liège in the early 11th century, shows Christ in triumph over personifications of Earth and (damaged) Ocean, with symbols of the four Evangelists, it may be somewhat earlier than the engraved gilt metal plate which fixes it to the thick wooden board of the front cover. The manuscript inside has been attributed to the German scriptorium of Lorsch towards the mid 11th century. However, the metalwork directly fits it, since the angel engraved at the lower border echoes an illumination within. The four Evangelists in human form are engraved at the corners, and at left and right are a saintly bishop and a young ruler, probably Henry IV (crowned king of Germany 1054, acceded 1056), who receives his crown from above and offers or takes a book, perhaps this one: maybe a coronation book?
Title Manuscript of the first two Gospels only - Matthew and John
folio Spine and front board
En habes lector Bucolicarum …
Broxb. 24.14
Spine and front board
Caption A motto binding. French, mid 16th century. Brown goatskin, blocked in gold with an architectonic design and E | SPOYR. | ME. | TOR | MEN. | TE in central oval on both covers. The motto ('hope torments me') is associated with Jean de Brinon (d. 1555), sieur de Villaines, the hero in Ronsard's Meslanges (1555). Mottos were tooled on bindings in the 16th and 17th centuries to indicate a book's ownership.
Title En habes lector Bucolicarum auctores xxxviii
folio Spine and front board
Marguerite d'Angouleme
Translation of 'The Mirror o …
MS. Cherry 36
Spine and front board
Caption Punning royal needlework. English, 1544. At the age of eleven, Princess Elizabeth translated and wrote out The Mirror or Glass of the Sinful Soul from a French meditational poem. She dedicated it to her stepmother, Queen Katherine Parr, as a New Year gift for 1 January 1545, hoping to secure her position in the royal family. The binding, surely also Elizabeth's own handiwork, is integral to the gift. On the blue textile background, a knot-work pattern of gold and silver braid encloses Katherine's initials, in a form which echoes her own signature. Stitched over padding in the corners are pansies (pensées), a favourite flower of the future queen.
Title Translation of 'The Mirror or Glass of the Sinful Soul'
Author Marguerite d'Angouleme
folio Spine and front board
[Manuscript of Latin panegyr …
MS. Bodl. 523
Spine and front board
Caption The earliest English gold-tooled binding? English, c. 1519. Brown calfskin, giltstamped with blocks showing Tudor badges and St George: the dedication copy of a manuscript of Latin panegyrics to Cardinal Wolsey in prose and verse, composed by the grammarian and schoolmaster Robert Whittington (c. 1480– 1553?) for presentation to the Cardinal, whose patronage he sought. Whittington's publication of the same texts as part of his Opusculum (London, April 1519) indicates the date, which makes this probably the earliest English gold-tooled binding.
Title [Manuscript of Latin panegyrics to Cardinal Wolsey]
folio Spine and front board
Le berceau de lys … la naiss …
Broxb. 1.33
Spine and front board
Caption Glass binding. French, early 19th century. Printed title and engraving in gold, bound under glass in a gilt metal frame hinged to a leather spine.
Title Le berceau de lys … la naissance de s.a.r. le duc de Bordeaux
folio Spine and front board
Short histories for the impr …
Carter g.1
Spine and front board
Caption Woodcut paper covers. English, late 18th century. Contemporary papercovered boards with design of boys scrumping apples on front and children playing on back.
Title Short histories for the improvement of the mind
folio Spine and front board
Latin Gospel Lectionary
MS. Douce 176
Spine and front board
Caption Ivory for display. Court School of Charlemagne at Aachen, c. 800. This carving of Christ in triumph, surrounded by twelve smaller scenes and miracles from His life, was inset in the 18thcentury leather cover of a Latin Gospel Lectionary made c. 800 for the nunnery of Chelles, near Paris, where around that time Charlemagne's sister Gisela was abbess. A Lectionary is designed to be carried in solemn procession in church for the reading of the Gospel, the ivory (if original to this book) would have been appropriate for such veneration.
Title Latin Gospel Lectionary
folio Spine and front board
Walpole, Horace
The Castle of Otranto
Arch. C d.56
Spine and front board
Caption Etruscan' binding. English, c. 1791, by Edwards of Halifax. Calfskin decorated in 'Etruscan' style, using an acidstaining process. The staining is in terracotta and black, with a gilt Greek key roll border, inner frame of stencilled palmettes, and central tree-calf panel. The style was made popular by the Edwards family of Halifax.
Title The Castle of Otranto
Author Walpole, Horace
folio Spine and front board
Collet, Mary
A Harmony of the Gospels, ma …
Arch. A d.3
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Caption Bound for a pious community. English (Little Gidding, Huntingdonshire), mid 17th century. Gold-tooled black goatskin, typical of others attributed to the English Protestant community established by Nicholas Ferrar (d. 1637) and his nieces at Little Gidding. Ferrar's community believed that everyone should learn a trade, and many of the women worked on binding sophisticated scrapbooks known as 'Harmonies', of which this is a fine example.
Title A Harmony of the Gospels, made in 1631 by M.Collet, from cuttings from the Bible
Author Collet, Mary
folio Spine and front board
Morison, Stanley
John Fell, the University Pr …
Arch. AA b.9
Spine and front board
Caption Bound for the Bodleian. English (Froxfield, Hampshire), 1969. Roger Powell (1896–1990). Mustard-yellow goatskin, both covers tooled with letters of the alphabet redrawn from the Fell types, with a central decorative block showing a wooden hand-press with, above the cap, a sketch of Tom Tower, Christ Church, and, instead of the screw, hose and platen, the Sheldonian Theatre. The designs closely relate to the subjectmatter of the volume – John Fell, the University Press, and the 'Fell' types, the drawings for the blocks were done by Sheila Waters. Commissioned by the Bodleian Library.
Title John Fell, the University Press and the 'Fell' Types
Author Morison, Stanley
folio Spine and front board
Davies, Sir J.
Nosce teipsum
Broxb. 47.8
Spine and front board
Caption Naval Binder. English, late 17th century. Black goatskin, covers decorated with shaped centre- and corner-pieces of massed curlicues, with sprays and small tools. Gilt edges. The work of an unknown binder, called the Naval Binder, because of the number of books bound for wealthy clients in the Admiralty.
Title Nosce teipsum
Author Davies, Sir J.
folio Spine and front board
Ghisolfi, Francesco
Portolan atlas of sea-charts
Broxb. 84.4
Spine and front board
Caption For the Medici. Italian, c. 1565. Red goatskin over wooden boards. Decorated all over in elaborate interlaced gilt tooling, with red and black mosaic. At the centre of the front cover is a seascape painted in grisaille, on the back are the arms of the Medici impaling those of Austria. The doublures similarly decorated with interlace. Although this volume has suffered from the ravages of book-worms, the complexity of both design and execution still astonish. The volume is a portolan or atlas of sea-charts by the Genoese master Francesco Ghisolfi, c. 1565, although this luxurious production was never intended for use on board ship.
Title Portolan atlas of sea-charts
Author Ghisolfi, Francesco
folio Spine and front board
de Lyra, Nicholaus
Postilla super epistolas Pau …
Broxb. 83.3
Spine and front board
Caption Cut leather decoration. Austrian, mid 15th century. Brown calfskin over wooden boards. Decorated using the cuirciselé or cutleather technique, with diagonal pattern of oak leaves. Broxb. 83.3
Title Postilla super epistolas Pauli …
Author de Lyra, Nicholaus
folio Spine and front board
Michaelis, P.
Controuersiarum de eucharist …
Broxb. 83.20
Spine and front board
Caption Filigree strap-work. Italian?, late 16th century. Vellum, decorated with gold tooling. The central panel is cut away to reveal goatskin filigree strapwork overlaying green silk. This unusual binding may be an example of remboitage – the reuse of bindings – as it covers an otherwise undistinguished Italian manuscript on the administrative history of Sicily.
Title Controuersiarum de eucharistiae … Sacramento
Author Michaelis, P.
folio Spine and front board
Manuscript Patent of Nobilit …
Broxb. 83.19
Spine and front board
Caption Marking nobility. Spanish (Gumiel de Mercado, near Burgos), c. 1640. Red goatskin, decorated with close gilt tooling. When official documents of great significance to a family (like this Patent of Nobility) were produced, highquality workmanship was employed to signify the newly elevated social status of the owner.
Title Manuscript Patent of Nobility
folio Spine and front board
Sturani, G.F.
Publicum philosophiae experi …
Broxb. 47.13
Spine and front board
Caption Islamic influence in Regency Britain. English (London), early 19th century. Charles Hering. Green crushed goatskin, covers decorated with lozenge pattern and central floral lozenge. Remarkable doublures with lozenge patterns in elaborate borders. London craftsman Charles Hering's binding is a very late – and stylized – example of the influence of the classic Islamic centre- and corner-piece combination.
Title Publicum philosophiae experimentum
Author Sturani, G.F.
folio Spine and front board
Gerson, Johannes
Opera
Broxb. 8.5
Spine and front board
Caption A classic German Gothic binding. German (Oybin), c.1490. Brown calf over wooden boards, with five contemporary brass protective bosses on each cover, and two contemporary decorated brass catches and clasps. Bound for the Celestine monastery at Oybin in Saxony, in classic late medieval 'Gothic' style of individual tools in circular, diamond, and scroll designs applied blind.
Title Opera
Author Gerson, Johannes
folio Spine and front board
Sassoon, Siegfried
The path to peace
Broxb. 57.22
Spine and front board
Caption Elizabeth Greenhill binding. English, 1962. Elizabeth Greenhill (1907–2006). Pale grey Oasis goatskin, the front cover decorated with a star design of blue and white onlays, with gold and platinum, lower, star design in gilt only, repeated on front blue leather doublure. Elizabeth Greenhill was noted for her bold designs and innovative use of coloured leathers. Also shown is the original design for this binding, taken from her archive, recently acquired by the Bodleian.
Title The path to peace
Author Sassoon, Siegfried
folio Spine and front board
Musee Groeninge, Bruges
Le siecle des primitifs flam …
Broxb. 56.20
Spine and front board
Caption Textured goatskin. English, c. 1960. Ivor Robinson (born 1924). Coarse-grained red goatskin, both covers with irregular black cross, upper with gilt crucified figure. British designer bookbinder Ivor Robinson taught at the Oxford Polytechnic. This binding shows his concern for texture as an element of the binding aesthetic.
Title Le siecle des primitifs flamands
Author Musee Groeninge, Bruges
folio Spine and front board
Sturani, G.F.
Publicum philosophiae experi …
Broxb. 48.13
Spine and front board
Caption Jacobite presentation binding. Italian, c.1800. Embroidered in red silk with the arms of Henry Benedict Stuart, Cardinal York (1726–1807) and Jacobite claimant to the English, Scottish, and Irish thrones.
Title Publicum philosophiae experimentum
Author Sturani, G.F.
folio Spine and front board
Book of Common Prayer
Broxb. 48.2
Spine and front board
Caption Yapp' edges. English (Cambridge), c. 1630. Brown sheepskin, with pronounced protective 'Yapp' edges. The style of protruding covers, the edges of which fold over to protect the text, became common in the late 16th century. They gradually lost their function and became almost entirely decorative features, as can be seen on this example.
Title Book of Common Prayer
folio Spine and front board
Ducale for Lorenzo Caveo
Broxb. 90.1
Spine and front board
Caption The Orient in Venice. Italian (Venice), 1577. Lacquered brown goatskin over pasteboards, with sunken central centrepiece and side compartments in Oriental style. In centre of front board, the winged lion of St Mark, on back board, the arms of Lorenzo Caveo. The Republic of Venice had access through its trading privileges to the bookbinders of the Near and Middle East, and were able to copy Persian and Turkish exemplars for official documents, such as this 'Commissioni dogali', by which the Doge of Venice confirmed official appointments.
Title Ducale for Lorenzo Caveo
folio Spine and front board
Broxb. 83.1
Spine and front board
Caption A Romanesque binding -- Ehrman's most expensive purchase. French, 12th century. Reddish brown sheepskin over wooden boards, decorated with a combination of individual tools depicting animals and grotesques. Against fierce competition, Albert Ehrman bought it at the Lucius Wilmerding sale in New York in October 1951 for £6,000. Wilmerding had paid E. P. Goldschmidt £300 for the book in 1934. A large number of the books in the Broxbourne collection include letters from the leading binding experts of the time – in particular E. P. Goldschmidt and G. D. Hobson – supplying information about Ehrman's books. Folded into many of these letters are pencil rubbings of binding tools, related illustrations, booksellers' descriptions, and other ephemera, including the receipt for this binding, also shown.
folio Spine and front board
Stuart, Lady Arabella
Manuscript transcripts of le …
Broxb. 83.15
Spine and front board
Caption Cut vellum binding. English, c.1600. Limp vellum over satin, delicately cut to a lace design. Front cover with Elizabeth I's arms, back with painted medallion of a phoenix. The binding probably predates the texts it contains (transcripts of letters and petitions by Lady Arabella Stuart, c. 1615).
Title Manuscript transcripts of letters and petitions
Author Stuart, Lady Arabella
folio Spine and front board
Preston, William
Illustrations of Masonry (11 …
Broxb. 75.18
Spine and front board
Caption Masonic binding. English (London), 19th century. John Lovejoy. Red goatskin, the front cover filled with Masonic emblems. Lovejoy specialised in Masonic bindings.
Title Illustrations of Masonry (11th edn.)
Author Preston, William
folio Spine and front board
Boulanger, J.C.
Romanus imperator
Broxb. 35.5
Spine and front board
Caption Tooled vellum binding. French, early 17th century. White vellum, richly gilttooled with outer frame of strapwork and formal floral pattern, inner frame, central lozenge with blank oval centre, cornerpieces in inner rectangle made from small tools..
Title Romanus imperator
Author Boulanger, J.C.
folio Spine and front board
Cicero
Orationes I-II
Broxb. 9.8
Spine and front board
Caption Bound to be shared. French (Paris), c.1547. Brown calfskin, with 'Thomae Wotton et amicorum' (Thomas Wotton and his friends) tooled in gilt. Wotton was the first Englishman to follow the practice begun by Jean Grolier, of sharing his library with his close associates. The phrase 'et amicorum' was therefore an expression of the social nature of his book collection.
Title Orationes I-II
Author Cicero
folio Spine and front board
Cicero
Orationes I-II
Broxb. 9.9
Spine and front board
Caption Bound to be shared. French (Paris), c.1547. Brown calfskin, with 'Thomae Wotton et amicorum' (Thomas Wotton and his friends) tooled in gilt. Wotton was the first Englishman to follow the practice begun by Jean Grolier, of sharing his library with his close associates. The phrase 'et amicorum' was therefore an expression of the social nature of his book collection.
Title Orationes I-II
Author Cicero
folio Spine and front board
Cicero
Orationes I-II
Broxb. 9.10
Spine and front board
Caption Bound to be shared. French (Paris), c.1547. Brown calfskin, with 'Thomae Wotton et amicorum' (Thomas Wotton and his friends) tooled in gilt. Wotton was the first Englishman to follow the practice begun by Jean Grolier, of sharing his library with his close associates. The phrase 'et amicorum' was therefore an expression of the social nature of his book collection.
Title Orationes I-II
Author Cicero
folio Spine and front board
Des Quersonnières, F.M.J. No …
The vision
Broxb. 54.1
Spine and front board
Caption Cosway-style binding. English (London), c.1930. Rivière & Son. Blue goatskin, the front cover decorated with gilt tulips and contrasting onlay flowers, lily cornerpieces, and wreath surrounding miniature painting of the Duc d'Enghien under glass, back cover with bees semée (scattered) around miniature of Napoleon. These bindings were devised by the London bookseller Henry Sotheran, inspired by the 18thcentury miniaturist Richard Cosway (1740–1821). They became hugely popular in the first half of the 20th century, with the miniaturepainter Miss C. B. Currie responsible for almost a thousand bindings in the style.
Title The vision
Author Des Quersonnières, F.M.J. Noel
folio Spine and front board
McCarthy, J.H. (trans.)
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Broxb. 54.14
Spine and front board
Caption The first woman to make bookbinding a career. English, 1901. Sarah Prideaux (1853–1933). Dark blue goatskin with a quatrefoil centre-piece, each part with three lilies, and leaves as cornerpieces. Sarah Prideaux, educated at Cambridge, became involved in binding in the 1880s, training at the commercial binderies of Zaehnsdorf (London) and Gruel (Paris). She employed a French finisher, Lucian Broca. Sarah Prideaux's bindings were highly fashionable, and she also trained other women binders, notably Katherine Adams (168) and Elizabeth MacColl (183).
Title Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Author McCarthy, J.H. (trans.)
folio Spine and front board
Jovius, Paulus
J. Mutii … Vita
Broxb. 9.14
Spine and front board
Caption Blind-stamped panels. English, mid 16th century. Brown calf, decorated with blind-stamped panels, containing Renaissancestyle heads in medallions, with 'I.R.' monogram of John Reynes, an important London stationer and bookbinder.
Title J. Mutii … Vita
Author Jovius, Paulus
folio Spine and front board
Bernis, F.
Oeuvres, 2t.
Broxb. 54.2
Spine and front board
Caption Varnished binding. French, early 19th century. Made by varnishing. Each volume is bound with a different classical design in black on gold within gilt borders.
Title Oeuvres, 2t.
Author Bernis, F.
folio Spine and front board
Bernis, F.
Oeuvres, 2t.
Broxb. 54.3
Spine and front board
Caption Varnished binding. French, early 19th century. Made by varnishing. Each volume is bound with a different classical design in black on gold within gilt borders.
Title Oeuvres, 2t.
Author Bernis, F.
folio Spine and front board
Keats, John
Endymion,and other poems
Broxb. 1.5
Spine and front board
Caption A new professional. English, 1895, Charles McLeish, senior (1859–1949). Green goatskin. McLeish had worked as a finisher for the Doves Bindery, but was able to establish himself as an independent binder at the same time as working for this famous and popular Arts and Crafts bindery.
Title Endymion,and other poems
Author Keats, John
folio Spine and front board
Sancha, Antonio de [binder]
Kalendario manual, y guia de …
Broxb. 2.8
Spine and front board
Caption Tinsel binding. Spanish, late 18th century. Binding of coloured tinsel under mica, ascribed to the Spanish bindery of Antonio de Sancha.
Title Kalendario manual, y guia de forasteros en Madrid, 1789
Author Sancha, Antonio de [binder]
folio Spine and front board
Haas, Nicolaus
Die in Gott andächtige Jungf …
Broxb. 44.15
Spine and front board
Caption Painted vellum. German, early 18th century. Vellum, tooled and painted, depicting the Ten Commandments on the front cover, the Crucifixion on the back cover, in shaped frame. While indicating the pious purposes of this devotional volume, the style of decoration suggests this is a piece of German folk-art.
Title Die in Gott andächtige Jungfer …
Author Haas, Nicolaus
folio Spine and front board
Marcus Tullius
Orationes
Broxb. 22.12
Spine and front board
Caption Multi-coloured interlacing. French (Paris), mid 16th century. Brown calfskin. Each volume is bound and gauffered in a different pattern of interlacing with open, floral tools, interlacing ribbon enamelled in green, light blue, and dark blue. From the workshop of the Parisian binder known for his bindings for the English collector, diplomat, scholar, and poet Thomas Wotton (1521–87).
Title Orationes
Author Marcus Tullius
folio Spine and front board
Marcus Tullius
Orationes
Broxb. 22.13
Spine and front board
Caption Multi-coloured interlacing. French (Paris), mid 16th century. Brown calfskin. Each volume is bound and gauffered in a different pattern of interlacing with open, floral tools, interlacing ribbon enamelled in green, light blue, and dark blue. From the workshop of the Parisian binder known for his bindings for the English collector, diplomat, scholar, and poet Thomas Wotton (1521–87).
Title Orationes
Author Marcus Tullius
folio Spine and front board
Marcus Tullius
Orationes
Broxb. 22.14
Spine and front board
Caption Multi-coloured interlacing. French (Paris), mid 16th century. Brown calfskin. Each volume is bound and gauffered in a different pattern of interlacing with open, floral tools, interlacing ribbon enamelled in green, light blue, and dark blue. From the workshop of the Parisian binder known for his bindings for the English collector, diplomat, scholar, and poet Thomas Wotton (1521–87).
Title Orationes
Author Marcus Tullius
folio Spine and front board
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