Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Front cover and spine, B3152.

Image Caption: 
Front cover and spine, B3152.
General Description: 
A London binding by the "Charity School Binder," ca. 1670. Red goatskin over rope-fiber boards with gilt decoration. Repaired (20th century).
Charity School Binder.
Country / Style: 
England, London
ca. 1670
Call Number: 
Sir William Clayton, Bart. (d. 1744), bookplate and name inside upper cover; purchased in 1936 from Dobell's Antiquarian Bookstore, Tunbridge Wells, Catalogue 18, no. 287.
W. B. (William Blake), fl. 1650-1670.
The Ladies Charity School-house roll of Highgate: or a subscription of many noble, well-disposed ladies for the easie carrying of it on.
Created / Published: 
[London : s.n., 1670]
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Technical Description: 
Sewn on five raised cords. Marbled endpapers and pastedowns. Slightly rounded and backed spine. Gilt edges. Red and white head- and tailbands. Lap corners. Remnants of two fore-edge ties.
156 x 100 x 23 mm.
Decorative Description: 
An all-over design incorporating a pointille centerpiece, volutes, floral triangular and semicircular tools, corner ornaments, grouped fleurons and flowers, with a type of tulip roll border. Small floral semicircular and triangular tools occupy each compartment of the spine, while the edges of the boards are decorated with a roll.
Other Details: 
William Blake, a woolen draper, founded the Ladies' Charity School on Highgate Hill, where poor or orphaned children were taught reading and writing and a minimum of mathematics. A number of pious ladies supported the school with donations. Several copies of this book were bound and decorated with the same tools, evidently to reward and stimulate the donors' generosity.
Folger 6:2 (Folger Shakespeare Library, Fine and historic bookbindings from the Folger Shakespeare Library, New York, 1992).
M. M. Foot, "A Binding by the Charity School Binder," The Book Collector, Spring 1983, pp. 78-79.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Goatskin bindings -- England -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Gold tooled bindings -- England -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- England -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Pointillé tooling -- England -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Raised bands -- England -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Ties -- England -- 17th century.