Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Cover, INC C617.

Image Caption: 
Cover, INC C617.
General Description: 
18th century calfskin binding.
18th century (late)
Call Number: 
INC C617
Bookplate "Syston Park", and monogram label of Sir John H. Thorold (no. 572 in the Sotheby sale catalog of his library, Dec. 1884); purchased in 1902.
Rhetorica ad Herennium.
M. T. C. oratoris clarissimi Ad Herennium rhetoricorum nouorum liber primus.
Created / Published: 
[Venice : Tommaso de' Blavi], 1476.
Hamnet URL:
294 x 203 x 17 mm
Covering Material: 
Red box/cross grain calfskin.
Sewn on three recessed cords laced through the boards with five false raised bands on the spine.
White, brown, and red silk over rolled paper core with a front bead.
Edge Treatment: 
Gilt on all three edges.
End Papers: 
red, yellow, and blue/green and gray nonpareil marble paper flyleaf and doubloure. Red leather inner hinge sewn with purple silk.
Decorative Description: 
The covers are tooled with a multiple line border of a five line gilt fillet of two thin and one thick line and two thin lines. The tool was damaged resulting in a repeated waver in one of the lines that repeats along the various sides, though this is an early binding and the damage is not severe. See INC P506, INC A1022, INC G366, and INC B1121 for other examples of this tool. It was then tooled with a blind four line fillet on the inside. At the corners of the gilt lines is a gilt six petal rosette. At the corners of the blind lines is the same rosette blind tooled. An inner panel is tooled with three gilt single fillet broken by a gilt broad leaf scroll and tulip stamp. The spine is divided into six panels. The second and third are gilt with the title and date and place of publication. The rest of the panels are elaborately gilt with a square vine and branch scroll stamps with a wide trefoil. This stamp is placed inverted on top of each other to fill the panels. At the head and tail are gilt five petal rosettes on leafy stems. The edge of the boards are gilt with a double line fillet. The turn-in squares are gilt with a eight petal rosette and intertwining teardrop decorative roll.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Blind tooled bindings -- 18th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Calf bindings -- 18th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Fillet tools -- 18th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Gold tooled bindings -- 18th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- 18th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Panel-stamped bindings -- 18th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Raised bands -- 18th century.