From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book


Chained Binding
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This book provides a rare example of an original 15th century binding. It is made up of wooden boards covered with tooled pigskin, with a chain attached to the back cover. The chain indicates that the book was once owned by an institutional library, which stored this book attached to a shelf. Codex manuscripts were expensive and scarce, and libraries took measures to protect them from theft or loss.

Obtained in 1891 by A. D. White.

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Theological Miscellany. Germany, last quarter of the 15th century.
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