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Image Caption: 
Covers, STC 2689 copy 1.
General Description: 
A binding of embroidered white satin featuring David holding Goliath's head, ca. 1639. White satin over pasteboards, embroidered in colored silks and silver spangles.
ca. 1639
Call Number: 
STC 2689 copy 1
Maggs Bros., Mercurius Britannicus 203, no. 9; the 50th anniversary gift of Mrs. Clement E. Conger.
Sternhold, Thomas, d. 1549.
[Whole book of Psalms]. The whole booke of Psalmes: collected into English meter by Tho. Sternhold, Jo. Hopkins, W. Whittingham, and others, conferred with the Hebrew, with apt notes to sing them withall. Newly set forth, and allowed to bee sung in all churches, ...
Created / Published: 
London : Imprinted by I[ohn] L[egat] for the Company of Stationers, 1639.
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Technical Description: 
Sewn on three recessed alum-tawed thongs. Two blank endpapers with pleated stub. Edges gilt and gauffered. Head- and tailbands sewn in green and blue silk over a cane core. Boards lined with green satin. A very long (560 mm) single green satin ribbon is attached to the lower cover.
110 x 50 x 20 mm.
Decorative Description: 
Upper cover: David holding Goliath's head with the moon, clouds, stars, and raindrops in the background. Lower cover: David with sling against a background of the sun, clouds, stars, and raindrops. Both figures standing on a ground of colored silk French knots. Design is studded with spangles, flowers, caterpillars, butterflys, and snails. All embroidered in a satin stitch outlined in laid silver thread. Spine divided into five compartments filled with flowers and birds.
Other Details: 
A similar binding is illustrated in Davenport, English Embroidered Bookbindings, p. 91, no. 41.
Folger 8:13 (Folger Shakespeare Library, Fine and historic bookbindings from the Folger Shakespeare Library, New York, 1992).
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Cloth bindings -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Embroidered bindings -- 17th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Ties -- 17th century.