Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Front cover, STC 22273 fo.1 no.08.

Image Caption: 
Front cover, STC 22273 fo.1 no.08.
General Description: 
First Folio no.08, late 18th century, "possibly bound by Roger Payne"
Payne, Roger, 1739-1797.
Country / Style: 
England, London
18th century (late)
Call Number: 
STC 22273 fo.1 no.08
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
[Works. 1623] Mr. VVilliam Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies : published according to the true originall copies.
Created / Published: 
London : Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623.
Hamnet URL:
346 x 218 (shoulder to fore-edge) x 49 mm, 4 mm board thickness
Covering Material: 
Bound in brown diced "Russia" calfskin
Sewn on 5 single raised cords, laced through the boards, and with a second false band positioned along side each true cord for aesthetic design on the spine.
Front bead, double tiered headband, sewn with green and rose and white button-hole thread.
Edge Treatment: 
Rough gilt on all three edges (gilt before sewing).
End Papers: 
Red, pink, green, yellow, brown, and black, spot pattern, marbled paper pastedown and flyleaf (lined to the first of two laid endpapers).
Decorative Description: 
Gilt border comprised of a 6 mm wide roll with alternating curved triangular forms resulting in elliptical negative space (#172, Maggs Bro. Bookbinding in the British Isles), inside this roll border is a gilt border comprised of a repeated pattern of four tools, a small diamond tool surrounded by pointille, a floret sprig, a pointille floret, rose on stem with two leaves, in the four corners is an individual forget-me-not on stem. The spine is divided into six panels with SHAKESPEARE in the second, and at the bottom of the 6th in very large numbers the date 1623 both framed with curved laurel sprigs. The tops surface of the double bands are tooled with the same wide roll used on the covers as are the edges and squares of the boards. The rest of the spine panels are filled with a diaper pattern of a solid diamond tool framed in pointille, and an unusual ornate rectangular floral band.
Other Details: 
Boxed in a "Folger Phase box" a three flap housing with ribbon / Velcro closure
West 66 (West, The Shakespeare first folio : the history of the book, New York, 2001, vol.2).
Maggs Bros., Bookbinding in Great Britain, no. 172.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Calf bindings -- England -- 18th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Gold tooled bindings -- England -- 18th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- England -- 18th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Pointillé tooling -- England -- 18th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Raised bands -- England -- 18th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Russia leather bindings -- England -- 18th century.