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

Image Caption: 
Front cover and spine
General Description: 
Early 20th century American binding by Fletcher W. Battershall
Battershall, Fletcher W. (Fletcher Williams), 1866-1929.
Country / Style: 
United States
20th century (early)
Call Number: 
STC 19912
bookplate of Fletcher Battershall; on t.p. stamp with monogram of a bat and initials 'F B'
Aretino, Pietro, 1492-1556.
[Ragionamenti. Part 1-2] La prima parte de Ragionamenti di M. Pietro Aretino, cognominato il Flagello de prencipi, il Veritiero, e'l Divino, divisa in tre giornate, la contenenza de le quali si porra ne la facciata seguente. Veritas odium parit
Created / Published: 
[[Bengodi] [i.e. London] : Stampata, con buono licenza (toltami) nella nobil citta di Bengodi, ne l'Italia altre volte pin felice [i.e. John Windet for John Wolfe], il viggessimo primo d'Octobre] MDLXXXIIII [1584]
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149 x 94 x 38 mm
Covering Material: 
Chestnut brown sheepskin.
Sewn on four single raised hemp cord supports.
Sewn with bright green button hole twist silk with front bead.
Edge Treatment: 
Gilt on all three edges.
End Papers: 
One blank flyleaf, three light green flyleaves, and a light blue flyleaf and paste-down.
Decorative Description: 
The covers are gilt with a single line fillet border with spaced gilt dots around the line. In the center is a gilt design of four pear shapes creating a quatrefoil with gilt dots, and small solid leaves in the center of the design are gilt circles that are filled with black leather onlays. The spine is divided into five panels with the title gilt in the first and second panels with other panels have a gilt intertwining quatrefoil design with gilt dots. The board edges are gilt with a single line fillet. The turn-ins are gilt with a single line fillet and a single line fillet border with spaced gilt dots around the line. The binders monogram, a "bat with the initials FB," is gilt on the bottom turn-in and stamped on the upper left paste-down and on the bottom of the title page.
Other Details: 
Fletcher W. Battershall is the author of Book-Binding for Bibliophiles and two other books. We know little of Battershall. He was born in Ravenswood, NY in 1866 and left this world in 1929. Between these dates he took a degree from Cornell University; read law and was admitted to the New York bar; and, in 1897, married Maude Goodrich Fiero. For a time he lived in Albany, New York and was deputy Supreme Court reporter for the State. He may have studied bookbinding under Louis Kinder, head binder at the Roycroft Shop. Kinder's book, Formulas for Bookbinders, was published by the Roycroft Press in 1905, with this note: "To my sincere friend, Fletcher W. Battershall, whose love for and unceasing labors in the study of artistic bookbinding I have ever deeply admired, these Formulas are dedicated."
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Fillet tools -- United States -- 20th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Gold tooled bindings -- United States -- 20th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- United States -- 20th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Onlays -- United States -- 20th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Raised bands -- United States -- 20th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Sheepskin bindings -- United States -- 20th century.