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52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 11

Two early 17th century Edinburgh bindings, possibly the work of Andro Hart and his Heirs Andro Hart (d. 1621) is best known for being the most successful and important Scottish book merchant and book importer before…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 10

Rare 17th century deerskin binding Of all the different types of leathers used to bind books after the medieval period, deerskin is one of the most uncommon.  Deerskin is quite often found on medieval books, as well as…

The mystery of Ben Jonson’s 2nd Folio

In 1616 Ben Jonson gathered a collection of poems, plays and other works that would be published as a collected volume of Works. Jonson worked very closely with the press to execute a uniform work in style and format.…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 9

An unrecorded James Scott of Edinburgh binding A recently catalogued volume of three of Robert Colvill’s (d. 1788) poems stood out from the tedium of commercial 18th century bindings found in the last portion of the…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 8

Another early St Andrews binding, with manuscript fragments from St Andrews Cathedral Priory St Andrews’ copy of Franz Lambert’s “Exegeseos Francisci Lamberti Avenionensis, in sanctam diui Ioannis Apocalypsim, libri…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 7

18th century fine Scottish binding with beautiful Dutch gilt papers I have recently been working through some late 18th century Edinburgh imprints, mostly bound in standard commercial calf bindings, so when TypBE.D62BB…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 6

Two of the earliest St Andrews bindings: The St. Leonard’s Chained Bible and a 1501 copy of Jacques Lefèvre d’Etaples’ commentary on Aristotle This week’s Fantastic Binding is, again, a double bill; only this time we…