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Treasure Binding

A Miniature Treasure Binding

2 1/4" x 1 1/2"
94 pages

Treasure bindings, or jeweled bindings, were a luxury of the Middle Ages, often commissioned by rich nobles, senior clergy, or royalty, usually as presentation copies. They were encrusted with mosaics, ivory, gems, and gold or silver inlays. In most cases the book was bound and the decoration was applied as a separate panel. Very few have survived, since the value of the gems and precious metals were irresistible when times were hard at the abbey or the book was looted as a prize of war.

I've taken the form and reproduced it in miniature, although the materials I've used are not so costly as the originals. The book is bound in cream kidskin, and the decorations are made of brass and glass beads. The interior text is the first two books of the Old Testament from the famous bible commissioned by Borso d'Este, first Duke of Fererra  (begun in 1461) in his attempt to one-up the House of Medici.

This product was added to our catalog January 5, 2018