Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Center panel (detail), PN981 F3 1564 cage.

Image Caption: 
Center panel (detail), PN981 F3 1564 cage.
General Description: 
Mid 16th century French armorial binding for Catherine De Medici with the crest and the six balls (Palle) of the Medici family.
Country / Style: 
France
Period: 
16th century (mid)
Call Number: 
PN981 F3 1564 cage
Provenance: 
Catherine de Medici.
Author: 
FAERNE, Gabriel (c. 1500-1561)
Title: 
Fabulae centum, ex antiquis auctoribus delectae et a Gabriele Faerno,... carminibus explicatae.
Created / Published: 
Romae : Vincentius Luchinus excudebat, 1564.
Dimensions: 
226 x 163 x 21 mm
Covering Material: 
Reddish brown calfskin with black and red goatskin onlays.
Sewing: 
Sewn on five single raised supports, four alum tawed and one tanned leather laced straight through the pulp boards.
Headbands: 
Blue and white linen thread with a front bead sewn over a hemp cord core.
Edge Treatment: 
Faint red and brown sprinkles.
End Papers: 
Three blank flyleaves and a single paste-down with a recycled manuscript reinforcing guard.
Decorative Description: 
The covers are gilt with an ornate strapwork design tooled with double line gouges. The spaces are inlaid with black leather gilt with the interlocking Cs and fleur-de-lys at the corners and scroll and acanthus volutes and ivy leaves in others. In the center is a rhombus stamp on a hatched ground with the six balls of the Medici crest in the center and flanked on either side with the same surrounded by a leafy vine. The spine is divided into six panels with a gilt fleur-de-lys in the center of each.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Armorial bindings -- France -- 16th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Calf bindings -- France -- 16th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Goatskin bindings -- France -- 16th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Gold blocked bindings -- France -- 16th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Gold tooled bindings -- France -- 16th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Inlays -- France -- 16th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Interlace bindings -- France -- 16th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- France -- 16th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Onlays -- France -- 16th century.