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The front cover of the newly digitised Geese Book Pigskin binding with brass. This book is x in size with gilt, stamped edges. Manuscript made available online yesterday by the good people at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The Wiesbaden Codex (“Riesencodex“, or “chain codex”), is the most significant legacy of Hildegard of Bingen (1097/8-1179).

The Wiesbaden Codex (“Riesencodex“, or “chain codex”), is the most significant legacy of Hildegard of Bingen

7th century Coptic binding

Coptic binding, circa 650 – removed from an illuminated manuscript on parchment of the Four Gospels attributed to the Monastery of Holy.

Evolution of the Medieval Book

jothelibrarian: “Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a beautiful Italian binding dating from the mid fifteenth century. Image source: Cornell University, Image believed to be public domain.

German binding, late 15th or early 16th century

German binding, late or early century German books of this period were often bound in alum-tawed pigskin, a very durable skin and particularly suited to blind tooling. New Zealand National Library

New Liturgical Movement: The Art of (Liturgical) Book Binding

Sacred liturgy and liturgical arts. Liturgical history and theology. The movements for the Usus Antiquior and Reform of the Reform.

Behold the treasure binding: gold and gems stuck to a medieval book that is over 1100 years old. The book, which contains the Gospels, was made for an emperor by two monks in the year 870. Very few books were decorated like this and you can see why: they cost a fortune. From some of them gems were pried loose, which is also no surprise.

'The Codex Aureus of St. Emmeram' -- Dated 870 -- Illuminated Gospel Book -- Gold cover with precious gemstones, sapphires, emeralds, & pearls -- An important example of Carolingian art, as well of one of very few surviving treasure bindings of this date.

Древние Евангелия и Библии  Армянской  церкви

Древние Евангелия и Библии Армянской церкви

"Alle de Wercken," by Jacob Cats, 1726 publication. Gold Tooled center panel

Gold Tooled center panel, This is a huge folio book entitled "Alle de Wercken" by Jacob Cats, a 1726 Dutch publication.

Early Carolingian metalwork covers, Lindau Gospels, Austria, 8th c.

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Early Carolingian metalwork cover, Lindau Gospels, Austria, C 8

effyeaharthistory:    Cover of a Koran, Egyptian, between 1382 and 1399, stamped leather, gold thread  Only the best for the Egyptian Mameluke sovereigns.

Orion Constellation in Astronomy treatise 'Abd al-Rahmân al-Sûfî' century Moroccan Koran cent Moroccan calligraphy century .

Book Cover from Iviron Monastery  14th/15th cent.

Finally , withe development of the printing press , artists and artisans were free to use their skills in the creation of beautiful books . Book cover from Iviron Monastery cent.

Considered the finest surviving Coptic binding, #Egypt, 650-750, original contents unknown; binding is "tooled goatskin over papyrus boards, decorated with onlaid panels of red leather tracery sewn to a gilded leather ground."

Considered the finest surviving Coptic binding, original contents unknown; binding is "tooled goatskin over papyrus boards, decorated with onlaid panels of red leather tracery sewn to a gilded leather ground.

De festivitatibus ecclesiasticis (praecipue vitae sanctorum) Místo vzniku: Čechy (Roudnice?, Sadská?) Datace: počátek 15. století; Ne před: 1400; Ne po: 1420

De festivitatibus ecclesiasticis (praecipue vitae sanctorum) Místo vzniku: Čechy (Roudnice?, Sadská?) Datace: počátek 15. století; Ne před: 1400; Ne po: 1420

Evangelia quattuor [Evangiles dits de Metz] (2r-241r). — Capitulare evangeliorum (242r-263v), 9ème siècle

Evangelia quattuor [Evangiles dits de Metz] (2r-241r). — Capitulare evangeliorum (242r-263v), 9ème siècle

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