Bindings in the Spotlight (4)

This presentation copy of Gesner’s Historia animalium (Zurich, 1551) was bound for Edward VI. The initials ‘ER’ are in three panels on the spine. Gold-tooled decorative bindings such as this were popular during the sixteenth century in England. The decoration was achieved by pressing heated tools through gold leaf into the leather. The binding is …

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Recent Additions to the Wren Digital Library (4): Prince Henry’s Copybooks

Prince Henry Frederick (1594 –1612) was the son of James VI of Scotland (also later James I of England) and Anne of Denmark. In his short lifetime, he was regarded as a young man of great promise - the ideal Renaissance prince - but he died of typhoid fever at the age of only 18. …

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