Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Covers, STC 21651 copy 5.

Image Caption: 
Covers, STC 21651 copy 5.
General Description: 
An English embroidered canvas binding over pasteboards, ca. 1611.
Country / Style: 
England
Period: 
ca. 1611
Call Number: 
STC 21651 copy 5
Provenance: 
Sir R. Leicester Harmsworth (1870-1937).
Author: 
Du Bartas, Guillaume de Salluste, seigneur, 1544-1590.
Title: 
[Works. English] Du Bartas his deuine weekes and workes translated: and dedicated to the Kings most excellent Maiestie by Iosuah Syluester.
Created / Published: 
Printed at London : By Humfrey Lounes [and are to be sould by Arthur Iohnson at the signe of the white horse, neere the great north doore of Paules Church, [1611]]
Hamnet URL: 
http://shakespeare.folger.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=163810
Technical Description: 
Sewn on four recessed alum-tawed thongs. Evidence of endpapers or pastedowns. Edges gilt. Traces of gold on exposed edges of boards (suggesting gilding "in the boards"). Headband sewn with green and yellow linen thread over tawed core (only a fragment is extant; tailband missing). Top and bottom slips laced through three holes. Covered in embroidered canvas without turn-ins. Remnants of two fore-edge ties: one, on upper cover, of braided green and yellow threads; the other, of blue silks (perhaps a later addition).
Dimensions: 
190 x 135 x 55 mm.
Decorative Description: 
Both covers decorated with a floral scroll pattern. Stems, leaves, and flowers worked in a tent stitch with colored silks. Flowers and buds outlined in laid silver gilt thread. Some flower centers also worked in eye stitch over the tent stitch. Background of two colored silks worked in Florentine stitch. Spine designed specifically to height and width of text block and divided into three panels embroidered in the same manner as the covers. Top and bottom panels have single rose blossoms; center bears an eight-petal flower blossom with four leaves.
Literature: 
Folger 8:5 (Folger Shakespeare Library, Fine and historic bookbindings from the Folger Shakespeare Library, New York, 1992).
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Cloth bindings -- England -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Embroidered bindings -- England -- 17th century.