LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection
Strap plate, INC C160
15th century German sheepskin binding with bosses and clasps.
Country / Style:
Benckeln, Johann, former owner.
Abtei Amorbach, former owner.
Leiningen family library, former owner.
Churton, William Ralph, 1836 or 7-1897, former owner.
Top of leaf [a]1, bearing inscription (mark of ownership?), has been cut out; early inscriptions on leaf [a]1r "... liber mgr̃i Io' Benckelnj [...?] quond[am] plebam [...?]", and "Ex Bib monarij Amor. Ord. S. Benedicti"; bookstamp "Fürstl. Leining. Hof-Bibliothek"; pencilled note on front flyleaf referring to the Sotheby sale of 24 Feb. 1898 (no. 160 in the sale catalog of the Canon W.R. Churton at that date); bookplate of Charles Butler (no. 653 in the Sotheby sale catalog of his library, April 1911); bookplate of W.T. Smedley; purchased in 1924.
Caracciolo, Roberto, 1425-1495.
[Sermones quadragesimales de poenitentia] Sacre theologie magistri ... Fratris Roberti de Licio ordinis Minoru[m] professoris Opus quadragesimale per utilissimum quod de penitencia dictum est feliciter incipit.
Created / Published:
[Basel] : Ast pressit manibus hec tersis in Basilea Bernhard[us] Richel, cum Michaele Wensel, 1475 fluente.
Text block initially marked up across spine for six sewing stations. In trimming sections before sewing, the two kettle stitch stations were mostly cut away (only a few marks remain). Text sewn on four raised double cords without kettle stitches, with endbands sewn at same time over cord cores. A secondary chevron sewing (worked after the book was sewn) with alternating blue and white linen thread, except in center which is a solid color (blue at head and white at tail). Single plain endpapers tipped at either end (19th century?). A strip of vellum reinforces inner fold of first section. Vellum manuscript pastedowns. Rounded spine with vellum spine liners put down onto the outside of each of the boards, which have an acute beveled edge at joint and recesses cut to receive furniture. Mitered corners. New head- and tailcaps (20th century).
304 x 210 x 91 mm
Sewn on four double raised cords laced through the wooden boards.
Endbands sewn at the same time as the raised bands. A secondary chevron sewing was done in alternating blue and white except in the center, which is one color (blue at the head and white at the tail).
A single 19th century flyleaf was tipped on. 14th century vellum manuscript used as paste-downs.
Two clasps catching on the front cover five flat topped bossed on the top and bottom boards. Brass edge guards at the corners and board edges at the joints. The straps are missing but show evidence of leather without reinforcement.
Blind tooled in a panel design divided by a triple line fillet. The outer panel is filled with two small lozenge stamps. On the outer and top there is a fleur-de-lis and along the bottom and inner panel a pierced heart tool. The middle panel is filled with a large fantasy figure with small rosettes above and below the stamp. At the corners are rondel stamps of the symbols of the four evangelists. The center panel is crossed with the triple line fillet with large rosettes in the top and bottom triangle, and a pierced heart lozenge tool on the front cover and fleur-de-lis on the back cover.
FURNITURE: Metal work characteristically German. Both covers with five circular, raised, flat-topped bosses with wide tapered rims which have small indentations in their centers (perhaps a result of the manufacturing process?). Perfectly round engraved circles surround the perimeters of the rims. Brass edge guards. Upper board notched to accept the curl of the catch plate. Under the curl and wrapping around the fore-edge of the board to its underside is a thin strip of brass which acts as the counter plate for the riveted nails holding the clasp to the board. Hasps missing, as are the tanned leather straps. Remnants of straps held in place by brass strap plates riveted with six pins. Each is decorated differently.
Folger 10:1 (Folger Shakespeare Library, Fine and historic bookbindings from the Folger Shakespeare Library, New York, 1992).
Binding Terms (RBMS):
Clasps -- Germany -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS):
Leather bindings -- Germany -- 15th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS):
Sheepskin bindings -- Germany -- 15th century.