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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.

Libro sacro

Gospel cover from the late century, originally from the Nikolo-Pesnoshsky monastery in Russia. This piece testifies to the high skill of Moscow's craftsmen of this era.

Thomas à Kempis (1379/1380–1471). Opera. Nuremberg, 1494. With, Saint Albertus Magnus. Compendium theologice veritatis. Strasbourg, 1489. Folger Shakespeare Library:   a German chained binding, c. 1495, of alum tawed pigskin over wooden boards with blind decoration and adorned with brass corner bosses, title plaque, clasps, and several links of iron chain.

uncertaintimes: “ Thomas a Kempis. Nuremberg, Folger Shakespeare Library: This volume, one of a very few existing examples of a chain binding, still retains the remnant of the hand-wrought chain which fastened it securely to a shelf.

arteziletras: Livro de evangelhos copta

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

Armenian gospels, 1262, with metal elements over leather  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_binding

T’oros Roslin Gospels, Turkish, by T'OROS ROSLIN (Scribe & Artist. Engraved & nielloed silver and jewels.

Bookbinding from the workshop of Louis XII and Francis I (15th-16th centuries)

Bookbinding from the workshop of Louis XII and Francis I centuries)

Front cover of Lindau Gospels; c. 870; gold w/ precious & semi-precious stones; 13 3/4" x 10 1/2"; Carolingian; Massive acanthus frame & interlaced Cross set with smooth stones (non-faceted). Christus triumphans (Christ is calm & alive), stands on footrest & voluntarily extends his arms. Above his head, the sun & moon hide themselves. Above, 4 angels repose in grief. Beneath, crouches Mary, John, & other Marys. Their clothing drapes across them, showing their heritage as that of Hellenic…

Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art. In the early days the book was a…

Coptic Binding, 7th or 8th century. Goatskin over papyrus boards; decorated with onlaid panels of red  leather tracery sewn to a gilded leather ground, with plain edges. It is detached from the Coptic Illuminated manuscript of The Gospels which was done on vellum. Provenance: Monastery of Holy Mary Mother of God, Perkethoout near Hamuli, the Fayum, Egypt. (Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1911)

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.

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