Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Chain plate holes, INC A480.

Image Caption: 
Chain plate holes, INC A480.
General Description: 
15th century Nuremberg chained alum tawed pigskin binding.
Country / Style: 
15th century
Call Number: 
INC A480
Inscription at head of leaf [A]2r: Langheim a ĚŠ1641 (i.e. the Cistercian abbey at Langheim); bookplate of W.T. Smedley; purchased in 1924.
Alphonso, de Espina, 15th cent.
[Fortalitium fidei] Tabula Fortalicij fidei incipit.
Created / Published: 
Imp[re]ssoria arte Nurembergk : Impensis Anthonij Koberger ..., anno Incarnate Deitatis, 1485, vj. Idus Octobris [10 Oct.].
Hamnet URL:
412 x 275 x 51 mm
Covering Material: 
Alum tawed pigskin.
Sewn on five twisted individual double raised alum tawed thongs laced through the wooden boards and pegged.
Endband, sewn with a primary sewing with braided green and white secondary embroidery.
Edge Treatment: 
Ink inscription on the top edge.
End Papers: 
Manuscript fragments used as paste-down have been removed from the inside of the boards, showing the remaining offset from the ink.
Two fore-edge clasps catching on the front board. Only the top clasp, hasp, and strap is intact. The lower hasp and portion of the strap is missing. The strap plate is an irregular hexagon. There was evidence of a metal framed title plaque over a horn plate on front cover, showing evidence of a chain attachment on top of back cover.
Decorative Description: 
Blind tooled panel design on boards is typical of the Nuremberg style. Binding divided by a double line fillet. In the center panel of the front cover there is a merrythought (rautenranke) pattern with a floral stamp with stems of ornamental foliage and ragged staff in the center. The outer panels are alternately tooled with an open rosette, a fleur-de-lis in rhombus frame, a spread-winged bird in a rondel, a square dragon stamp, and a pierced heart in a rhombus. The lower cover is also divided into panels with a double line fillet. The center panel is divided into lozenge compartments with the same stamps as on the front cover except the spread-winged bird stamp. The spine was divided into six panels with cord tie-up marks above and below the bands and across the center of the panels. In the open spaces are blind tooled small fleur-de-lis in a rhombus stamp. Evidence of several spine labels and ink text (shelfmark) on the spine.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Alum tawed bindings -- Germany -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Blind tooled bindings -- Germany -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Chained bindings -- Germany -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Fillet tools -- Germany -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- Germany -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Pigskin bindings -- Germany -- 15th century.