LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection
early 17th century Italian recycled binding
Country / Style:
17th century (early)
Zucchi, Bartolomeo, d. 1631.
Breue historia della corona ferrea, e catalogo di quei re, et imperadori, che in Monza, citta imperiale, et altroue l?hanno vsata ... / di Bartolomeo Zucchi monzese.
Created / Published:
In Milano : Per gli heredi di Pacifico Pontio, & Gio. Battista Piccaglia, MDCIX 
226 x 162 x 10 mm
chestnut brown sheepskin
sewn on two flat supports
fragmentary evidence of original ink inscription on the bottom edge
new flyleaf and paste-down
evidence of four ties two at the fore-edge and one at the top and bottom edge
tooled to a multiple panel design with the outer panel a crude blind tooled decorative roll of a floral spray on a scroll base. Along side two blind tooled single line fillets. The center is gilt with a double line and leaf decorative roll frame with a acanthus leaf and spike decorative roll inside. At the corners is a large tulip with broad leaf curls stamp with large gilt dots surrounding. The center panel is also formed by the large tulip with broad leaf curls stamp with dot and rosettes around a diced pattern tooled with a diamond and square decorative roll filled with a small gilt star.
This binding cover was taken from a larger volume and used to cover this fragment of a book that was much thicker (the ink inscription on the bottom edge is evidence that this is only small portion of a much larger book) the new endpapers cover only part of the earlier original paste-downs.