Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Spine (detail), INC M8 copy 2.

Image Caption: 
Spine (detail), INC M8 copy 2.
General Description: 
15th century Italian long-stitch binding.
Country / Style: 
15th century
Call Number: 
INC M8 copy 2
Inscription on leaf a1v "Ex Libris Cigalinoru[m]"; bookstamp at foot of leaf a2r "Museo Cavaleri"; autograph of H.C. Hoskier, with his provenance "of D. Morgand Paris", his date "Nov. 1902", and his bibliographic notes on front free endpaper (no. 119 in the Sotheby sale catalog of his library, June 1908); purchased in 1915.
Macrobius, Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius.
[Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis] Somnium Scipionis ex Ciceronis libro De republica excerptum.
Created / Published: 
Impressi Venetiis : [Giovanni Rosso], anno Domini 1492 die xxviiii Iunii.
Hamnet URL:
309 x 213 x 23 mm
Covering Material: 
Brown sheepskin.
Sewn with a long-stitch pattern through a thick pasteboard wrapper with a secondary thinner paper reinforcement at the sewing stations.
Endbands of pink and white linen thread with a front bead over a tanned leather core laced through the paste-board wrapper.
End Papers: 
Two loose flyleaves and paste-down, all part of the first section. Same for the back with only one flyleaf.
Evidence of four tanned leather ties, two at the fore-edge and one at head and tail.
Decorative Description: 
Blind tooled in a panel design created with a triple line pallet following along a straight edge to create the panels and then following around a curved shape to create the corner arcs in the center panel. The second panel is filled with a repeated ropework knot stamp designed to link into a continuous pattern. The center panel has a diamond border filled with a small ropework stamp combined into larger shapes. The back cover is similar but without the diamond border. The spine has fragments of paper labels.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- Italy -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Sheepskin bindings -- Italy -- 15th century.