LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection
Clasp (detail), STC 12135 copy 1.
Early 17th century English centerpiece binding with initials of an early owner, William Brereton.
Country / Style:
17th century (early)
STC 12135 copy 1
Inscriptions: on back paste-down: 'William Brereton. 1613' and on front free endpaper: 'Jo: Crewe de Utkinton 1660'; bookplate of E.M. Cox (motto 'quousque tandem'); Harmsworth copy.
Goulart, Simon, 1543-1628.
[Histoires admirables et memorables de nostre temps. English] Admirable and memorable histories containing the wonders of our time. Collected into French out of the best authors. By I. [sic] Goulart. And out of French into English. By Ed. Grimeston. The contents of this booke followe the authors aduertisement to the reader.
Created / Published:
Imprinted at London : by George Eld, 1607.
193 x 144 x 43 mm
Brown calfskin, rebacked with lighter brown calfskin.
Sewn on four recessed alum tawed supports.
Two flyleaves and a paste-down with reinforcement.
Two solid metal fore-edge clasps hinging from the front board and catching on the back. All the pieces are extant and are decorated with "walking, and turning of circles".
The covers are tooled with a blind-tooled double line fillet border frame with a gilt single line fillet in-between. In the center of the covers is an oval centerpiece stamp with strapwork and anthemion. On either side are the initials W B. The spine is divided into six panels by gilt double lines. The center of the panels were gilt with a cone with crowning florets stamp. The third panel is covered by a later burgundy-colored leather label gilt with the author and title.