11 - 13 July 2000
STUART BINDING OF EMBROIDERED SATIN and with painted fore-edges
Rose satin over leather-trimmed pasteboard, the covers embroidered to a design of converging palmettes with a central monogram of Christ above a Sacred Heart, all worked in high relief in metallic threads, guimp and cords of silver and gold, semé with spangles, the edges trimmed with silver braid, flat spine divided into nine panels and worked with palmettes in the same techniques, the edges with original watercolour stylised pears, roses, tulips, strawberries and other flowers, the designs outlined with a gauffering-tool, the backgrounds gilt (satin faded and rubbed, some fraying and loss to gold and silver wire, some spangles lacking, silver oxidised). 20th-century brown morocco drop-sided box by Rivière & Son. Provenance: Ricardo Heredia (booklabel).
Satin was used as a support for embroidered bindings from the beginning of the 17th century until the time of the Commonwealth. This is a splendid and well-preserved example, and the style and repertoire of decoration correspond with bindings provided for books printed in the 1630s. This example was, apparently, made for a blank book, which was only written in by a later owner. Discourses on religious topics -- the nature of God and the Universe, Creation, readings from the Gospels and Epistles -- are written in an informal cursive hand from f.2 to f.164 of the total of 208 leaves.
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