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1585 Renaissance book: Francesco Maria II Della Rovere, Duke of Urbino - Dogale of Francesco della Rovere Mamiami

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

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.

Embroidered Binding BIBLE, London: 1643 Front cover A charming design of flowers, snails and butterflies embroidered mainly in metallic thread on a base of white or cream satin.

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.)

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings, Week 52: an embroidered Bible presented by Charles I, on behalf of Queen Anne, to Sir Harry Wardlaw of Pitreavie

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.

Pelican piercing breast -on front board of embroidered binding of Holy Bible & Book of Common Prayer (Cambridge,1629)