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52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 16

Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s copy of the 1571 edition of Matthew Paris’s Flores historiarum Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) was a fixture of St Andrews in the later years of his life, after he relocated…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 15

John Duns Scotus’s Quaestiones in quatuor libros Sententiarum, printed by and bound for Anton Koberger Although small, St Andrews’ incunabula collection has a wealth of contemporary bindings. Because the majority of…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 14

16th century half-binding, with pen- and ink-drawing of Saint Veronica This week’s volume is a testament to how durable some of our historic bindings are. TypGC.B21HL is the 1521 Cologne printing of Jacques Lefèvre…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 13

Fragment of a 14th century Gospel manuscript found in 16th century German binding As I was searching through the stacks at our new storage facility I came across a beautifully tooled spine that I just had to pull off…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 12

Francis Hutcheson presentation copies of Foulis Press works In 1746, the moral philosopher Francis Hutcheson was given an honorary LL.D. by the University of St Andrews. Hutcheson was elected to the Chair of Moral…

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.…