Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Front cover, INC L140 copy 1.

Image Caption: 
Front cover, INC L140 copy 1.
General Description: 
Late 15th century pasteboard binding of alum-tawed sheep or deerskin, reversed, stained teal blue, over manuscript pasteboards; brass title plaque on lower cover.
Period: 
15th century (late)
Call Number: 
INC L140 copy 1
Provenance: 
George Dunn (1864-1912); his sale at Sotheby's November 22, 1917, lot 3863; purchased by H. C. Folger as part of the library of W. T. Smedley (b. 1851).
Provenance: 
Aubour, Joannes, former owner.
Provenance: 
Evreux (France). Franciscans, former owner.
Author: 
Leonardus, de Utino, 15th cent.
Title: 
Sermones aurei de sanctis Fratris Leonardi de Vtino sacre theologie doctoris ordinis p[rae]dicato[rum] ...
Created / Published: 
Vince[n]tie ... i[m]pressu[m] : P[er] Stephanu[m] Koblinger de Vienna ..., 1480.
Hamnet URL: 
http://shakespeare.folger.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=90262
Technical Description: 
Sewn in the herringbone style onto three slit alum-tawed goatskin thongs. Strips of vellum manuscript reinforce the center of each section and the outer and inner folds of the four endpapers; the quarto set at the front of the text remains uncut at the head. Pastedowns of vellum manuscript hooked around the endpapers . Pronounced rounded spine with hammered(?) joints. Endbands worked with linen thread over tawed core and tied down through each section above the kettle stitch. Secondary sewing in blue and yellow(?) (now fragmentary) is stitched through the spine of the covering material (and would have been worked over the head- and tailcaps and endband). Pasteboards made up of approximately 18 layers of paper manuscript, with a pronounced bevel to the inside joint; boards back cornered. Each board is further covered by a single paper document. Turn-ins unpared with crudely cut corners. Remains of four tawed ties (one head and tail, two at the fore-edge). A handwritten title under horn, framed in brass, is pinned to the lower cover. Inscriptions in ink on the spine and on all three edges of the text block.
Dimensions: 
209 x 164 x 59 mm
Covering Material: 
Alum-tawed sheep or deerskin, reversed, stained teal blue, over manuscript pasteboards; brass title plaque on lower cover.
Sewing: 
Sewn in the herringbone style onto three slit alum-tawed goatskin thongs. Strips of vellum manuscript reinforce the center of each section and the outer and inner folds of the four endpapers; the quarto set at the front of the text remains uncut at the head.
Headbands: 
Endbands worked with linen thread over tawed core and tied down through each section above the kettle stitch. Secondary sewing in blue and yellow (? - now fragmentary) is stitched through the spine of the covering material, and would have been worked over the head- and tailcaps and endband.
Edge Treatment: 
Inscriptions in ink on the spine and on all three edges of the text block.
End Papers: 
Paste-down of vellum manuscript hooked around the endpapers.
Closures: 
Remains of four tawed ties (one head and tail, two at the fore-edge).
Decorative Description: 
Pronounced rounded spine with hammered (?) joints. Pasteboards made up of approximately eighteen layers of paper manuscript, with a pronounced bevel to the inside joint; boards back cornered. Each board is further covered by a single paper document. Turn-ins unpared with crudely cut corners. A handwritten title under horn, framed in brass, is pinned to the lower cover.
Other Details: 
For a history of "pasteboard," see A. Hobson, Humanists and Bookbinders, Appendix 1.
Literature: 
Folger 1:2 (Folger Shakespeare Library, Fine and historic bookbindings from the Folger Shakespeare Library, New York, 1992).
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Alum tawed bindings -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Raised bands -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Ties -- 15th century.