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Thomas à Kempis (1379/1380–1471). Opera. Nuremberg, 1494. With St. Albertus Magnus. Compendium theologice veritatis. Strasbourg, 1489. Folger Shakespeare Library. "Bound in a German chained binding, c. 1495, of alum tawed pigskin over wooden boards with blind decoration and adorned with brass corner bosses, title plaque, clasps, and several links of iron chain... Upper cover decorated... with tendrils; lower cover central panel divided in 12 lozenges with a fleur-de-lys stamped in the…

uncertaintimes: “ Thomas a Kempis. Nuremberg, Folger Shakespeare Library: This volume, one of a very few existing examples of a chain binding, still retains the remnant of the hand-wrought chain which fastened it securely to a shelf.

Fishing without a Net: The Journals of Constantine Samuel Rafinesque  http://nmnh.typepad.com/fieldbooks/2012/04/fishing-without-a-net.html

Constantine Rafinesque, a polymathic genius, who annotated his travels across early America. The Smithsonian has digitized 393 field books from scientists between 1800 and Phantom of Level Photo

Antique Leather Book Cover

Centuries old leather book with intricate border.

Antique Leather Book Cover

Antique Leather Book Cover Embossed Brown by Mymimosavintage, €25.00

Antique Leather Book Cover Embossed Brown by Mymimosavintage,

Antique Victorian Gilded Leather Photo Album

For your consideration is this lovely old tooled leather photo album with gilded accents and gilded pages. There is a lot of decorative work on the

Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden  Portable volume, girdle book of leather with a knot to be tucked under a person’s girdle or belt, from which the book hung upside down so that it could be picked up and read at any time. The printed book is from 1508, the blind-tooled leather binding from 1579 and the exterior knotted leather cover was added ten years later, in 1589.

Girdle book consisted of a book whose leather binding continued loose below the cover of the book in a long tapered tail with a large knot at the end which could be tucked into one's belt