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Folger Shakespeare Library Bindings Image Collection
Image Caption:
Back cover, H3062.
General Description:
A "Publisher's" binding, 1650. Brown sheepskin over pasteboards with blind, gilt, and silver decoration.
Call Number:
Purchased by H. C. Folger January 22, 1902 from Bangs & Co., New York.
Howell, James, 1594?-1666.
Dendrologia. Dodona’s grove, or The vocall forest. Second part
Created / Published:
London : printed by W[illiam]. H[unt]. for Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at his shop at the Princes Arms in St Pauls Church-yard, 1650.
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Technical Description:
Sewn on three slit recessed leather supports. Four endpapers at either end. Red and black sprinkled edges. Turn-ins left quite thick with lap corners. Headcap now missing.
174 x 111 x 29 mm.
Decorative Description:
Two-line border in blind. Covers blocked in silver with an oval panel of three trees lettered "DODONA'S GROVE" inside a wreath. Gilt spine decoration and title label added in the 18th century.
Other Details:
One of the earliest English "publisher's" bindings, decorated with a block specially cut for the book. The Abbey, British Library, and Bodleian copies are similarly bound. This does not mean that the whole edition would have been bound in this way, as was the case with 19th-centuty and later publisher's bindings.
Binding Terms (RBMS):
Sheepskin bindings -- England -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS):
Blind tooled bindings -- England -- 17th century.
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Gold tooled bindings -- England -- 17th century.
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Fillet tools -- England -- 17th century.
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Silver tooled bindings -- England -- 17th century.
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Leather bindings -- England -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS):
Publishers' bindings -- England -- 17th century.
J. R. Abbey sale, Sotheby's, 1, June 21, 1965, lot 399.
Folger 5:11 (Folger Shakespeare Library, Fine and historic bookbindings from the Folger Shakespeare Library, New York, 1992).

Back cover, H3062.