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Image Caption: 
Tooling (detail), INC G335.
General Description: 
Contemporary 15th century Italian binding.
Country / Style: 
15th century
Call Number: 
INC G335
Manuscript notes on manuscript fragment used as endpaper at front, faint, mostly illegible "p[ro]pheta d[e] Bononia[?] an[n]o 1521 i[n] loco Com̃odj [?] tenui hu[n]c libru[m]"; another inscription in verse on recto of 1st leaf "Papara progenies: Patria est Theatina: Ioan[n]es Nornetj[?]: Caesarum ius mihi cura prior ..."; autograph on leaf A2r "Cesare Fedele".
Gratian, 12th cent.
[Decretum] Exactu[m] diuinis auspicijs Decretum ...
Created / Published: 
Venetijs imp[re]ssum : Cura impensisq[ue] magistri Petri Cremone[n]sis, dicti Veronensis de Plasijs ..., anno ab Incarnatione D[omi]ni 1483 die xxv. Ianuarij ...
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255 x 176 x 106 mm
Covering Material: 
Burgundy goatskin over beech boards.
Sewn on three three split alum tawed thongs inset into the board and pinned with iron nails.
Primary wrapped linen over a cochineal dyed tawed core with secondary herringbone sewing (much worn).
Edge Treatment: 
Faint ink inscription on the top edge.
End Papers: 
Fragment of a vellum manuscript choir book used as endpaper at front of the book.
Evidence of two clasps catching on the back cover. Only strap nails extant. Evidence of five crenellated round bosses on the front and back covers, none extant.
Decorative Description: 
The front cover is a blind tooled multiple panel design. The outer border is a combination of three single line fillets, then a border of flowers in a square pot stamp repeated around the cover, then a rectangular stamp of a leafy scroll tooled around the cover creating another border. Next are several other panels created with double line fillets, the innermost filled with an indistinguishable decorative stamp. The back cover is similarly designed but with different decorative stamps. There is a covered half star burst stamp and an elaborate knot rope stamp (badly worn).
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Blind tooled bindings -- Italy -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Fillet tools -- Italy -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Goatskin bindings -- Italy -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- Italy -- 15th century.