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Image Caption: 
Small pierced heart stamp (detail), INC B551.
General Description: 
15th century Erfurt pigskin binding.
Country / Style: 
15th century
Call Number: 
INC B551
Inscription on verso of last leaf has been defaced, illegible; bookstamp "Iacobus Mertz" on t.p. verso and recto of last leaf; purchased in 1927 from the Broadbent collection.
Nicholas, of Lyra, ca. 1270-1349.
[Biblia latina cum postillis Nicolai de Lyra. Pars I]
Created / Published: 
Prima pars venerabilis fratris Nicolai de Lyra ordinis Seraphici Francisci (in Testamentu[m] Vetus) tracta[n]s super toto corpore Biblie, cum suis additionibus, deq[ue] replicis, et figuris sculptis.
Hamnet URL:
324 x 213 x 98 mm
Covering Material: 
Alum tawed pigskin.
Sewn on four double raised cords laced through the boards.
Endbands made of braided red leather over rolled vellum core.
End Papers: 
None. Folded vellum manuscript waste wide guards at the front and back.
Two "duck head" clasps catching on the front board. One hasp extant, still attached to a leather lined alum tawed strap, only one strap plate extant.
Decorative Description: 
The binding is blind tooled in a panel design made from a five line fillet. The center panel was divided down the middle with the same fillet. The outer panel is filled with the pierced heart lozenge tool and small rosettes at the corners. The divided center panel is tooled with large rosettes and smaller pierced heart lozenge tools and a stag in a lozenge tool. (Cf. Schwenke-Schunke, Taf. 141, no. 61, Taf. 136 no. 86, Taf. 254, no. 109, Taf. 274, no. 666a). The spine is likewise tooled with the five line fillet and the panels are filled with smaller pierced heart lozenge tools and small spiked quatrefoil in a lozenge stamp. There are paper spine labels. The larger one, at top of spine, reads "Nicolai de Lyra I". There is a small paper label in the second panel and a blue paper in the fourth panel. The board edges are blind tooled with a double line fillet.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Alum tawed bindings -- Germany -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Blind tooled bindings -- Germany -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- Germany -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Pigskin bindings -- Germany -- 15th century.