The British Library - Database of Bookbindings - Full Image. Satin, Embroidered, Henry VIII, King of England (1491-1547). Bedae Presbyteri Anglosaconis viri eruditissimi...Libri duo. Place of Publication Basel. 1529. More info at http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000000592=ImageId=39901=BL
white satin cover with seed pearls and goldwork. At this site S.T. Prideau provides a succinct description of the history of embroidered bindings as well as the designs that decorated them. Further, discusses how gold thread was produced and their origins. It is worth reading if only to understand `why` the effort and expense.
England Book Cover for Book of Psalms, Prayers, and Hymns, 17th century Linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk in plaited braid and tent stitches; raised darning 9.8 x 6.4 cm (2 1/2 x 3 7/8 in.)
Wardlaw Bible (front cover) | Amsterdam | 1640 | velvet, silver & gold thread | St Andrew's University Library | Call #: BS170.C40 | Presented to Sir Henry Wardlaw of Pitreavie by King Charles I for his service to Queen Anne.