A French binding for Anne of Austria, wife of Louis XIII. Author: Catholic Church. Title: L'office de la Semaine saincte. Published: Paris: G. Clopeiau, 1627. Location: Rare Books (Ex) Call number: 5942.244.12 Spine height: 18 cm
The British Library - Database of Bookbindings - Full Image. Henry VIII, King of England (1491-1547) Title: Biblia, Sacrosancta Testamenti Veteris & Noui. Place of Publication Tiguri, 1543. Velvet cover. See W Y Fletcher, English Bookbindings in the British Museum, London, 1895, pl xi. More info at http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000000594=ImageId=39902=BL
Bible Associated with Queen Victoria's Coronation in a Stunning Deluxe Full Vellum Binding. Contemporary full vellum, elaborately panelled and decorated in gilt on both covers and spine, bronze edges on boards and with decorative bronze clasps and feet, gilt turn-ins, silk moiré endliners, all edges gilt and sumptuously gauffered edges.
(1624 - 1683 ) Samuel Mearne an accomplished and innovative craftsman was appointed as Royal Binder to Charles II, an office which he also held during the reign of James II. Several bindings are accredited to Mearne from the library of Charles which are bound in red morocco incorporating rectangular panels tooled in gold with the Royal Monogram o. What he is most noteworthy for is the development of the English '' Cottage '' design.
16th Century French Bookbinding - Royal Patronage The craft of bookbinding gained prominence by the patronage of Kings Francois I, Henri II and Henri III. They all followed the trends previously established by Grolier and Tory, emulating their aesthete, if not a direct love of the book as an object.
The thistle and the rose - Detail from the Treaty of Perpetual Peace (1502) between England and Scotland which was cemented by the marriage of James IV of Scotland to Princess Margaret, Henry VII’s daughter. The borders of this document illustrate the thistle (James’ emblem), the Tudor rose and the marguerete representing Margaret.
Bible of Tzar Ivan The Terrible, a gift to the Cathedral of the Annunciation, the 16th century.Saphires, rubies, and turquoise were the favorite jewels of the Tzar. Highly believing in magic characters of these jewels he ordered to cover books with them and even apply them to his wounds.