Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Bottom endband, INC B688.

Image Caption: 
Bottom endband, INC B688.
General Description: 
15th century calf monastic binding.
Country / Style: 
15th century
Call Number: 
INC B688
Ownership inscription on verso of last leaf, defaced, illegible; bookplate of W.T. Smedley; purchased in 1924.
Boethius, d. 524.
[De consolatione philosophiae]
Created / Published: 
Auicij Manlij Torquati Seuerini Boecij ordinarij patricij viri exconsulis De consolatione philosophie liber primus incipit.
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415 x 282 x 51 mm
Covering Material: 
Worn olive/brown calfskin rebacked using alum tawed pigskin.
Four raised double cords laced through the beech boards.
Endbands laced into the boards, sewn with a primary sewing over a cord core and a red, beige and blue herringbone secondary embroidery.
Edge Treatment: 
Faint small inscription on top edge: "Boetius".
End Papers: 
Single paper flyleaf and French vellum manuscript waste paste-down deed dated 1616.
Remains of two clasps (catches and strap plates) that catch onto the front board. Remnants of vellum-reinforced leather straps.
Decorative Description: 
Binding with very worn calf leather on beech boards, blind tooled with a triple line fillet into a multi panel design with diced center panel with dragon/griffen stamps (Cf. Schwenke-Schunke, Drache 36 "Amorbach Werkstatt III") and anthemion leaf stamps. Some of the leaf stamps are used singly and also together to create a flower design. Vellum guards inside of gatherings. Tawed spine is divided into five panels with a red goatskin spine label gilt reading "Boecy Consol: Philos:".
Other Details: 
Early rebacking (circa 17th century) in 1/4 alum tawed pigskin.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Alum tawed bindings -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Headbands -- Germany -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Pigskin bindings -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Rebacking -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Worked headbands -- Germany -- 15th century.