LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection
Inside front cover marble paper and paste-down, 266614.
Mid 17th century English restoration binding, probably by the Naval Binder.
Naval Binder, fl. 1670s-1680s.
Visus Libelli : This Vade-Mecum Memorial manual of Muses, or, Compleat Compendious Complexe and Companion, of Learned Languages and Sciences, scarcely another to be seen so short, small and full, is most fitt and serviceable ofr a Travelling Tutor and Disciple abroad, or else much rising and walking at home... 1600s. [manuscript]
114 x 67 x 67 mm
Black goatskin with red, white, and ocher goatskin leather onlays.
Sewn as a flat spine on four single raised cord supports.
New, wrapped fabric stuck-on headband with traces and evidence of an earlier sewn headbands.
Gilt and gauffered on all three edges. The fore-edge has a fore-edge painting of two cherubs with outstretched arms on either side of a large daisy flower. The gauffered edges are large floral design with a stippled background.
The front of the book has two blank flyleaves, the back has three (inscribed with manuscript notations). There is a single combed bouquet marble paper flyleaf and paste-down in red, yellow and light blue colors. The marble paper paste-down is covered by a reverse painted transparent vellum with a spotty design of red, green and black.
Evidence of a single silver solid metal fore-edge clasp. The metal hinge and catch plates are inside the boards. The hasp is missing.
The covers have a gilt small arc decorative roll and a double line fillet border. In the center is an onlaid red leather interlaced strapwork center piece surrounded by gilt onlaid, red, white and ocher, leather flowers, tulips and carnations. There are half rosettes and small rosettes that had been painted with silver (now oxidized black). The spine is divided into five panels each framed with double lines and the small arc decorative roll, stopped at the corners with a large gilt dot. The top and bottom panels are tooled with a double line semicircle with volutes at the corners, underneath is a semicircular red leather onlay with a volute stamp. The middle three panels are gilt with a strapwork design with red leather onlaid tulips and rosettes and white leather ovals. The board edges and turn-ins are gilt with a decorative roll.
The Naval Binder was so named by H.M. Nixon because of the workshop's close connection to the Navy office.
Binding Terms (RBMS):
Clasps -- England -- 17th century.,Decorated papers -- England -- 17th century.,Goatskin bindings -- England -- 17th century.,Gold tooled bindings -- England -- 17th century.,Leather bindings -- England -- 17th century.,Marbled papers -- England -- 17th century.,Turn-ins -- England -- 17th century.