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Collet, Mary
A Harmony of the Gospels, ma …
Arch. A d.3
Spine and front board
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
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
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
Thirsis Minnewit - De vrolyk …
Broxb. 1.27
Spine and front board
Caption Back-to-back. Dutch, late 17th century. Brown goatskin, decorated with lozenges made up from small ornaments on covers. Four volumes have been bound together back-to-back, in a style known as double 'dos-à-dos'.
Title Thirsis Minnewit - De vrolykee zang-godin
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
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
Broxb. 109.42
Spine and front board
Caption An early English bookbinding manual, 1829. The first detailed accounts in English of the process of binding began to appear in the encyclopedias of the late 18th century. In the early 19th century the first accounts written by practising binders appear in book form, this copy of Cowie's Bookbinder's Manual is the only known copy to retain its original binding with printed boards.
folio Spine and front board
Altavanti, Paulus
Breviarium totius juris
Broxb. 110.15
Spine and front board
Caption Pigskin binding. German (Buxheim), late 15th century. Pigskin over wooden boards, blind-stamped with large rose and acanthus leaf. Palimpsest catch for clasp on front board, back missing. From the library of the Benedictine monastery at Buxheim. Wood has been used by binders from the earliest time to the present.
Title Breviarium totius juris
Author Altavanti, Paulus
folio Spine and front board
Valéry, Paul, et al.
Paul Bonet
Broxb. 116.20
Spine and front board
Caption Bound by Paul Bonet, French, 1961. Paul Bonet (1889–1971) Red goatskin with circular design in gold on both covers made up of wavy lines radiating from the centre. Commissioned by Albert Ehrman, who was anxious to own an example of the work of arguably the greatest French binder of the 20th century. Bonet did not actually bind this book himself, but designed the work that was 'finished' by craftsmen in his atelier. Bonet's original designs are in the volume.
Title Paul Bonet
Author Valéry, Paul, et al.
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
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
Gulielmus Parisiensis, Gulie …
Postille maiores cum questio …
Broxb. 17.4
Spine and front board
Caption Rose panels. English, early 16th century. Brown calfskin, decorated with blind-stamped panels featuring a rose. The execution may appear crude, but the style of combining a centre tool (in this case a panel stamp) with corner tools in a frame formed by the use of a roll tool is ultimately inspired by the Islamic pattern established in the 15th century.
Title Postille maiores cum questionibus
Author Gulielmus Parisiensis, Gulielmus
folio Spine and front board
Biblia
Broxb. 18.2
Spine and front board
Caption An episcopal present? English or French, c.1530. Brown calf over pasteboards. Decorated with gold tooling formed by repeated use of single tools mimicking a roll, forming a lozenge in frame pattern with central and corner roundels painted with depictions of God the Father, etc. The first owner of this book was Cuthbert Tunstall, a humanist who was in the English party at the Peace of Cambrai in 1529 before becoming bishop of Durham. He may have received this impressive volume as a presentation, as elements of the binding suggest French craftsmanship.
Title Biblia
folio Spine and front board
Etrennes dediees aux princes
Broxb. 2.6
Spine and front board
Caption Bead binding. French, 18th century. Embroidered bead binding utilising blue and white beads. In a red morocco slipcase, gilttooled, designed to protect the fragile bead covers.
Title Etrennes dediees aux princes
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
Annonius monachus, De Regum …
Broxb. 20.2
Spine and front board
Caption One of the earliest French gold-tooled bindings. French (Paris), c.1514. Brown calfskin, tooled in gold and blind with three Italianate tools: a pair of circles, a leaf tool, arms of Cardinal Francesco Soderini (1453–1524) in circle, in centre, and corners. One of a group of bindings associated with the introduction of gold tooling from Italy to France.
Title Annonius monachus, De Regum … francorum
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
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
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
Horae in laudem beatissimae …
Broxb. 28.12
Spine and front board
Caption Backless binding. French (Lyons?), mid 16th century. Brown calfskin with black and white onlays of small floral tools and interlacings. On the front cover IENON, on the back BOYLEAW. An example of a binder's showpiece: instead of a recognisable spine, the binder has instead fashioned a gilt-edged trench, disguising the sewing structure that holds the book together.
Title Horae in laudem beatissimae virginis Mariae, ad usum Romanum
folio Spine and front board
Kimhi, David
Commentarii in Haggaeum
Broxb. 31.12
Spine and front board
Caption Gold blocked and gold tooled. French, mid 16th century. Brown calfskin, central block of gilt tooling decorated in an interlacing ribbon style, with floral cornerpieces. A contemporary inscription records this as a presentation volume to Cardinal Reginald Pole (d. 1558), Queen Mary's chief churchman.
Title Commentarii in Haggaeum
Author Kimhi, David
folio Spine and front board
Assumption of the Virgin
Broxb. 31.7
Spine and front board
Caption An early paper-covered binding. Italian (Bologna?), c. 1491(?). Paper wrappers decorated with a woodcut image in red of the Virgin Mary within a mandorla. Although this cover lacks the book it was made for, the woodcut is another impression of one on the unique copy of the Miracoli della Madonna (Bologna, 1491), suggesting the wrapper indicated the subject-matter of the book.
Title Assumption of the Virgin
folio Spine and front board
Mitchell, Andrew
Disputatio juridica
Broxb. 35.11
Spine and front board
Caption Scottish decorative gilt tooling. Scottish (Edinburgh), mid 18th century. Dark green goatskin, decorated with gilt tooling in a classic Scottish 'herring-bone' pattern. One of four standard designs recognizable as purely Scottish in the 18th century, the herring-bone style first appeared on Scottish bindings in the 1670s, and was used in many variant forms by Scottish binders until the 1750s.
Title Disputatio juridica
Author Mitchell, Andrew
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
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
Hanway, Jonas
An account of the Society fo …
Broxb. 35.9
Spine and front board
Caption Bound for an admiral. English, mid 18th century. Mottled calfskin. The front cover has a centrepiece of crossed sabres and a ribbon with 'In memory of the Battles of Thonhausen Quebec &c 1759', the back cover has a red label lettered 'For George Pocock Esqr. Vice Admiral of the Red'. 'Hanway' bindings became famous in their day as tools for philanthropy and have become highly collectible.
Title An account of the Society for the Encouragement of British Troops
Author Hanway, Jonas
folio Spine and front board
Beattie, James
Essays
Broxb. 36.4
Spine and front board
Caption Rococo tooling. Scottish (Edinburgh), c. 1776. James Scott. Brown calfskin, with mottled octagonal panel in centre, flanked by gilt pillars and flamboyant rococo ornaments. This is the work of Scotland's greatest 18th century binder of the, James Scott of Edinburgh, whose combination of rococo ornamentation and restrained aesthetic allowed the leather (here decorated with the use of acid, a technique known as 'tree calf') to be as strong a design element as the tooling.
Title Essays
Author Beattie, James
folio Spine and front board
Flaccus, Quintus Horatius
Opera
Broxb. 37.10
Spine and front board
Caption The finest Irish gold tooling. Irish (Dublin), 18th century. Red goatskin with gilttooled outer border of floral rolls, lozengeshaped centrepiece made from small tools. Bound by the craftsman working in Dublin and known to us as the 'College Binder', whose mastery of gold tooling equalled anything produced in England at the time.
Title Opera
Author Flaccus, Quintus Horatius
folio Spine and front board
Flaccus, Quintus Horatius
Opera, 2 vols.
Broxb. 37.15
Spine and front board
Caption Irish 'feather' binding. Irish, c.1750. Red goatskin, decorated with elaborate gold tooling with border of dentelle design and characteristic 'featherwork' corners.
Title Opera, 2 vols.
Author Flaccus, Quintus Horatius
folio Spine and front board
The book of Common Prayer
Broxb. 39.22
Spine and front board
Caption Floral binding. Scottish, mid 18th century. Red morocco with gold-tooled free design using large, naturalistic floral tools.
Title The book of Common Prayer
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
Mason, William
The English garden
Broxb. 45.11
Spine and front board
Caption The most famous bookbinder of his day. English, mid 18th century. Edwards of Halifax. Transparent vellum, decorated with a gilt-tooled Doric and curved floral border, sphinxes in bottom corners, satyrs' masks in top corners. On front cover, seated, a draped female holding a shield inscribed 'J.J.', on the back, a youth reclining with a pipe. This binding style was invented and made popular by the firm of Edwards, which began operating in Halifax, Yorkshire, in the 1780s and soon moved to London.
Title The English garden
Author Mason, William
folio Spine and front 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
Holy Bible, Psalms
Broxb. 45.2
Spine and front board
Caption Embroidered binding. English, mid 17th century. Blue silk binding, embroidered with silver wire, portrait of Charles II on front board, Catherine of Braganza on back. Edges have a painted floral design dated 1662.
Title Holy Bible, Psalms
folio Spine and front board
Royer, Jacques la
Oeuvres
Broxb. 46.10
Spine and front board
Caption Functional scientific binding. French, late 17th century. Green sheepskin over wooden boards, with a vellum sheet printed with astronomical dials pasted over. This very rare volume of scientific tracts has a functional binding: one cover houses a stylus or gnomon that acts as a sundial.
Title Oeuvres
Author Royer, Jacques la
folio Spine and front board
Cambridge University
Threni Cantabrigienses in fu …
Broxb. 46.7
Spine and front board
Caption Black for mourning. English (Cambridge), c. 1661. Vellum, painted black, with black edges, reflecting the contents of this volume of funerary verses.
Title Threni Cantabrigienses in funere … Henrici Glocestrensis et Mariae Arausionensis …
Author Cambridge University
folio Spine and front board
Allestree, R.
Ladies calling, 2nd impr.
Broxb. 46.9
Spine and front board
Caption Georgian elegance. English (Cambridge?), mid 18th century. Black goatskin, the covers decorated with lozenge centrepiece made from four triangular floral tools, with two triangles on either side, and single triangle top and bottom.
Title Ladies calling, 2nd impr.
Author Allestree, R.
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
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
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
Schwerdling, Johann
Wald-Scenen
Broxb. 51.1
Spine and front board
Caption Printed paper binding. Austrian, late 18th century. An early example of a binding in decorated, printed paper covers, with printed forest scene on front board, marine or lake-side view on back, coloured by hand.
Title Wald-Scenen
Author Schwerdling, Johann
folio Spine and front board
Milton, John
Paradise Lost
Broxb. 51.10
Spine and lower board
Caption Gilt-tooled white pigskin. English (London), 1903–08. Doves Bindery. Alum-tawed pigskin over millboards. Empty oval with ivy leaves and trelliswork frame, with quotations from Milton in the borders. The Doves Bindery, overseen by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson (1840–1922), was the greatest of all Arts and Crafts binderies, and produced bindings with gold tooling of a very high standard.
Title Paradise Lost
Author Milton, John
folio Spine and lower board
Milton, John
Paradise Lost
Broxb. 51.10
Spine and front board
Caption Gilt-tooled white pigskin. English (London), 1903–08. Doves Bindery. Alum-tawed pigskin over millboards. Empty oval with ivy leaves and trelliswork frame, with quotations from Milton in the borders. The Doves Bindery, overseen by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson (1840–1922), was the greatest of all Arts and Crafts binderies, and produced bindings with gold tooling of a very high standard.
Title Paradise Lost
Author Milton, John
folio Spine and front board
Pater, Walter
Imaginary Portrait
Broxb. 51.8
Spine and front board
Caption Poet's cover. English, 1916. Katherine Adams (1862–1952). Olive-green pigskin, with monogram of poet Walter Pater tooled on the front cover and an oak tree on the back cover. Bound by the influential woman binder Katharine Adams as a commission for Falconer Madan (Bodley's Librarian).
Title Imaginary Portrait
Author Pater, Walter
folio Spine and front board
Arts and Crafts Exhibition S …
Catalogue
Broxb. 52.15
Spine and front board
Caption An Arts and Crafts binding. English, late 19th century. Elizabeth Mathieson MacColl (1863–1951) Bluish-green goatskin, with a gilt design tooled mostly with a wheel, showing a peacock with exploding tail. Elizabeth MacColl studied under Sarah Prideaux (191) and became one of the best-known women binders of her time, although all of her bindings were designed by her brother, D.S. MacColl. This book was a special binding for the protagonist of the Arts and Crafts movement, C.R. Ashbee.
Title Catalogue
Author Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society
folio Spine and front board
Giraudoux, J.
Intermezzo
Broxb. 52.23
Spine and front board
Caption Bound by J. A. Legrain. French, mid 20th century. Jacques Anthoine Legrain (1907–70). Blue goatskin, the covers tooled in a pattern of circles and short curved lines made from a small circular tool. Spine filled with characters' names and the names of the actors present at the opening night of Giradoux's Intermezzo on 27 February 1933. The binder was the stepson and assistant to the equally famous French designer bookbinder Pierre Legrain. The two were at the forefront of the rise of the French modern movement in bookbinding. Broxb. 52.23
Title Intermezzo
Author Giraudoux, J.
folio Spine and front board
Blunt, W.
Art of botanical illustratio …
Broxb. 53.13
Spine and front board
Caption Bound by Sydney Cockerell. English, 1951. Sydney Cockerell (1906–87). Vellum, with rows of calligraphic decoration in black with gilt dots. Designed by the great craftbinder Sydney Cockerell with the calligrapher Joan Rix Tebbutt. Cockerell trained at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, later working for the family firm (Douglas Cockerell and Co.) and teaching at the Royal College of Art.
Title Art of botanical illustration
Author Blunt, W.
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
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
Broxb. 55.3
Spine and front board
Caption An English 'Cathedral style' binding. English (London), 19th century. James Barritt. Black morocco. Both volumes and box embossed with gothic chancel window and holy table below, with 'IHS' on frontal and Communion vessels, flanked by Moses and Aaron.
folio Spine and front board
Holy Bible. Book of Common P …
Broxb. 55.3-4
Box and two volumes
Caption An English 'Cathedral style' binding. English (London), 19th century. James Barritt. Black morocco. Both volumes and box embossed with gothic chancel window and holy table below, with 'IHS' on frontal and Communion vessels, flanked by Moses and Aaron.
Title Holy Bible. Book of Common Prayer (Psalms)
folio Box and two volumes
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
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
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Works
Broxb. 67.7
Spine and front board
Caption The Doves Bindery English (London), 1899 White pigskin, blindtooled on front board with large central diaper panel in a border of vines, the back is covered with a very large lozenge and leaf pattern. A masterpiece of 19th century binding, the 'Kelmscott Chaucer' was produced by the Doves Bindery in a variety of trade and special bindings. This example was designed by Morris in collaboration with T. J. CobdenSanderson, who had established the Doves Bindery in 1893 opposite the Kelmscott Press. Broxb. 67.7
Title Works
Author Chaucer, Geoffrey
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
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
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
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
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
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
Homiliae variae
Broxb. 84.2
Spine and front board
Caption Treasure binding. German, late 12th or early 13th century. Faded red velvet over wooden boards. Upper cover fashioned from gilt metal plate, sunk into wood, decorated with jewels, rock crystal, and antique cameos, with central figure of a seated king and four evangelists worked in metal relief. Jewelled or 'treasure' bindings such as were designed to be carried in procession and displayed during major church services. Although both the manuscript (from the Cistercian abbey of Himmerod, in the diocese of Trier) and the cover date from the same period, scholars now doubt whether they were originally made to be together.
Title Homiliae variae
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
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
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
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
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
The Atlas of the Earth
Broxbourne Adds. b.2
Spine and front board
Caption Atlas of the earth. English (London), 1978. Bernard Middleton (born 1924). Green goatskin, decorated on the front and back boards with an identical large stylized circular motif of the solar system, with interlocking linear rays with central overlay in red, representing the earth as seen from space. A commission from the patron of contemporary bookbinding, Lord Wardington (1924–2005).
Title The Atlas of the Earth
folio Spine and front board
The Book of Common Prayer
Buchanan e.111
Spine and front board
Caption Binding and box. English, mid 18th century. Goatskin with allover gilt-tooled design. The elaborate binding has been provided with a protective box, which has been decorated to an equally elaborate degree, complete with silver clasp.
Title The Book of Common Prayer
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
Constable, Henry
Poems and sonnets
Don. d.69
Spine and front board
Caption The queen of Art Deco binding. English, 1930. Sybil Pye (1879–1958). Blue-green morocco inlaid with leathers of different colours. Back turn-ins signed with Pye's device and dated 1930. Sybil Pye was a self-taught binder who developed a highly original style, giving prominence to the technique of inlay. Her use of colour combined with the Art Deco style made her bindings highly collectible by the greatest bibliophiles of the pre-war period (and ever since).
Title Poems and sonnets
Author Constable, Henry
folio Spine and front board
Boccaccio, Giovanni
De claris mulieribus
Douce 216
Spine and front board
Caption Fine goatskin. English, late 18th century. Red straight-grain goatskin, with gilt borders within double rules and flower tool in corners. Spine with gold-tooled compartments between rolls of Greek key design.
Title De claris mulieribus
Author Boccaccio, Giovanni
folio Spine and front board
La saincte Bible francoise
Douce B subt. 13
Spine and front board
Caption A glamorous Bible. French, c. 1621. Red goatskin, elaborately tooled in the 'mosaic' style, the arms of Charles Henry, Count Hoym (1694–1736) are a later insertion. The de luxe nature of French mosaic bindings, of which this is a spectacular example, indicates that this Bible is an object of status and display.
Title La saincte Bible francoise
folio Spine and front board
Epitome vitae & miraculorum …
Douce F 101
Spine and front board
Caption Straw binding Dutch, late 18th–early 19th century Amateur straw-work binding.
Title Epitome vitae & miraculorum S. Francisci
folio Spine and front board
Douce L 186
plate 63
Caption A Dutch bookbinder's workshop, c. 1700 This detailed engraving of a bookbinder's shop placed above a pious verse shows a binder seated at a sewing frame sewing a book while another binder stands at a post, beating folded printed sheets. A bookbinder's plough which is used to trim the edges of books and a gluepot are in the foreground. While this is an idealized depiction, it offers important information on both binding methods and tools. Douce L 186, pl. 63
folio plate 63
Flaccius, Mathias
Ecclesiastica Historica
Douce MM 426
Spine and front board
Caption Painted and gilt. English, 16th century. Calfskin, gold-tooled, painted green and white, gilt and gauffered edges. By an unknown binder, probably in London, called the 'MacDurnan Gospels Binder', who often used paint and gilding together.
Title Ecclesiastica Historica
Author Flaccius, Mathias
folio Spine and front board
Sarayna, Torello
De origine de amplitudine ci …
Douce S 528
Spine and front board
Caption The greatest collector of the Renaissance? French (Paris), mid 16th-century. Bound in brown calfskin, gold-tooled with elaborate interlaced design painted yellow, pink and green, with circular cartouche and open tools stippled in white. One of many books collected by Jean Grolier (1489-1565), arguably the greatest bibliophile of the Renaissance. Grolier patronised many of the best binders in Paris, such as the craftsman known as 'Cupid's Bow Binder' (named from one of his distinctive tools). Grolier's Latin ownership inscription (translated as: 'the book of Jean Grolier and of his friends') is near the foot of the cover, indicating that his books were accessible to Grolier's intimate circle of friends.
Title De origine de amplitudine civitatis Veronae
Author Sarayna, Torello
folio Spine and front board
The Holy Bible
Gibson 77
Spine and front board
Caption Restoration flamboyance. English, late 17th century. Blueblack goatskin elaborately gold tooled with red and citron onlays. Panel with citron cornerpieces and red centrepiece with citron oval in middle, surrounded by flowers and leaves within border roll. All edges gilt with foreedge painting of flowers surrounding the text, 'Search the Scriptures, 1692'.
Title The Holy Bible
folio Spine and front board
Koran
MS. Arab.e.182
Book Case
Caption Koran in protective satchel. Turkish, 19th century. Decorated with blindtooled corner and centrepieces, with protective leather satchel with Arabic lettering from the Koran: 'none but the purified shall touch'.
Title Koran
folio Book Case
Calender with astronomical a …
MS. Ashmole 6
Front and side as one image
Caption Girdle book. English, 15th century. Cover and looped holder of plain tawed skin with stitched edging, designed to be worn on a chain at belt or girdle. The book contains a calendar with astronomical and astrological notations, each month or table is written on a piece of folded parchment and laid out for easy consultation while the book was being worn.
Title Calender with astronomical and astrological notations and further tables
folio Front and side as one image
Philes, Manuel
Bestiarium of Manuel Philes
MS. Auct. F. 4.15
Spine and front board
Caption Renaissance France influenced by Islamic art. French, 1564. Brown goatskin with gilt decorated corner-pieces and a central panel painted with the Three Graces. This manuscript of the bestiary of Manuel Philes was written out for François I in Paris. The pattern of elaborate centre- and corner-pieces was directly influenced by Islamic bindings imported a century earlier into Italy.
Title Bestiarium of Manuel Philes
Author Philes, Manuel
folio Spine and front board
Martial
Epigrams
MS. Auct. F. 4.33
Spine and front board
Caption Renaissance Italy influenced by Islamic art. Italian, c. 1460–70. Brown goatskin, gilt-tooled: a style heavily influenced by Mamluk bindings of the 15th century.
Title Epigrams
Author Martial
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
Koran
MS. Bodl. Or. 793
Inside front board
Caption Persian splendour. Persian, mid 16th century. Black goatskin over paper pasteboards. Decorated with gilt-blocked panels, some of which are sunk into the boards. The doublures (the insides of the covers) are of red, green, orange and blue paper filigree, combined with gilt tooling. This sumptuous 16th-century manuscript Koran was formerly in the library of the celebrated Tipu Sultan (1750–99), ruler of Mysore. MS. Bodl. Or. 793.
Title Koran
folio Inside front board
Plutarch
Works
MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 167
Spine and front board
Caption All-over gilt tooling. Italian (Bologna), late 15th century. The dense, uniform pattern echoes Islamic bindings from Egypt and Syria of a century or so earlier. The design is completed by a narrow edge of blind tooling. The binding has been rebacked. On a Renaissance manuscript containing works by Plutarch and Censorinus, in Latin.
Title Works
Author Plutarch
folio Spine and front board
Manuscript breviary
MS. Canon. Liturg. 392
Spine and front board
Caption The earliest Western goldtooled binding. Italian (Florence), c. 1400. Although tooled mostly with blind stamps, the narrow centrepiece designs are built up with a single repeated stamp in gilt. On a manuscript breviary of the Use of the Benedictine abbey of the Badia at Florence, c. 1400. According to recent scholarship it is the earliest gold.tooled bookbinding in the West
Title Manuscript breviary
folio Spine and front board
Manuscript breviary
MS. Canon. Liturg. 392
Spine and lower board
Caption The earliest Western goldtooled binding. Italian (Florence), c. 1400. Although tooled mostly with blind stamps, the narrow centrepiece designs are built up with a single repeated stamp in gilt. On a manuscript breviary of the Use of the Benedictine abbey of the Badia at Florence, c. 1400. According to recent scholarship it is the earliest gold.tooled bookbinding in the West
Title Manuscript breviary
folio Spine and lower 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
MS. Digby Or. 9
Spine and front board
Caption Fine Mamluk binding. Egyptian or Syrian, 15th century. Brown goatskin with circular central decoration tooled in blind and gilt, with a characteristic protective Islamic fore-edge flap
folio Spine and front board
MS. Digby Or. 9
Spine and lower board
Caption Fine Mamluk binding. Egyptian or Syrian, 15th century. Brown goatskin with circular central decoration tooled in blind and gilt, with a characteristic protective Islamic fore-edge flap.
folio Spine and lower 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
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
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
al-Jawzi, Ibn
Tarikh al-khamis (treatise o …
MS. Hunt. 231
Spine and front board
Caption Islamic blind tooling. Egyptian or Syrian, c. 1400. Brown goatskin over paper pasteboards. Decorated with a combination of blind tooling and punching with gold (now faded), framed with blindtooled rolls.
Title Tarikh al-khamis (treatise on sacred places)
Author al-Jawzi, Ibn
folio Spine and front board
al-Jawzi, Ibn
Tarikh al-khamis (treatise o …
MS. Hunt. 231
Spine and lower board
Caption Islamic blind tooling. Egyptian or Syrian, c. 1400. Brown goatskin over paper pasteboards. Decorated with a combination of blind tooling and punching with gold (now faded), framed with blindtooled rolls.
Title Tarikh al-khamis (treatise on sacred places)
Author al-Jawzi, Ibn
folio Spine and lower board
Takmilat al-Muhit (vol. 2)
MS. Hunt. 38
Spine and lower board
Caption Ottoman binding. Turkish, 16th century. Green goatskin with centre- and corner-pieces decorated with gilt-blocked stamps. A 13th-century manuscript of the work on Islamic law known as the Takmilat al-Muhit.
Title Takmilat al-Muhit (vol. 2)
folio Spine and lower board
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
Hafiz, 14th cent.
Diwan
MS. Ouseley Adds. 16
Spine and front board
Caption Sunken panels. Persian, 16th century. Dark brown goatskin, decorated with gilt-blocked panels with a scallopedged centrepiece, and a protective fore-edge flap decorated in similar fashion. This classic Persian style of book decoration was the direct influence on Venetian bindings of the later 16th century.
Title Diwan
Author Hafiz, 14th cent.
folio Spine and front board
Hafiz, 14th cent.
Diwan
MS. Ouseley Adds. 16
Spine and lower board
Caption Sunken panels. Persian, 16th century. Dark brown goatskin, decorated with gilt-blocked panels with a scallopedged centrepiece, and a protective fore-edge flap decorated in similar fashion. This classic Persian style of book decoration was the direct influence on Venetian bindings of the later 16th century.
Title Diwan
Author Hafiz, 14th cent.
folio Spine and lower board
Manuscript of orders and let …
MS. Rawl. A 228
Spine and front board
Caption The Queen's Binder. English, c. 1683. Black goatskin with a central diaper pattern, elaborately gilttooled with floral tools and rolls. This manuscript was bound by a craftsman who worked extensively for Samuel Pepys (who, like Admiral Herbert, worked for the Admiralty), and who is known only as Queen's Binder B, because Catherine of Braganza and Mary of Modena owned examples of his work. On orders and letters written to Admiral Arthur Herbert, 1672–83.
Title Manuscript of orders and letters written to Admiral Herbert
folio Spine and front board
Opie V 8
Opening p.28-p.29
Caption A child's view of bookbinding, 1802. This image and description of a bookbinder comes from a very rare series of boxed educational cards showing a variety of trades, and two explanatory miniature books. The card shows a woman at a sewing frame sewing a book, a binder ploughing the edge of a book and the master pasting out a cover for a book. The description mentions 'paper covers' – an increasingly popular binding style for children's books from the late eighteenth century.
folio Opening p.28-p.29
Opie V 8
Both front boards and card
Caption A child's view of bookbinding, 1802. This image and description of a bookbinder comes from a very rare series of boxed educational cards showing a variety of trades, and two explanatory miniature books. The card shows a woman at a sewing frame sewing a book, a binder ploughing the edge of a book and the master pasting out a cover for a book. The description mentions 'paper covers' – an increasingly popular binding style for children's books from the late eighteenth century.
folio Both front boards and card
Seder Tefillah derekh yeshar …
Opp. 4° 1181
Fore-edge
Caption Gold gauffered edge.
Title Seder Tefillah derekh yesharah
folio Fore-edge
Morawcik, Moses ben Eliezer
Sefer Bisarti Tsedek
Opp. 4º 275
Spine and front board
Caption Decorated paper. Dutch, early 18th century. A simple binding of paste-boards, covered with decorated paper (probably Dutch).
Title Sefer Bisarti Tsedek
Author Morawcik, Moses ben Eliezer
folio Spine and front board
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