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'Pippa Passes' by Robert Browning. Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, 1903. Binding and decorations by Margaret Neilson Armstrong.

Portable volume, girdle book of leather with a knot to be tucked under a person’s girdle or belt, from which the book hung upside down so that it could be picked up and read at any time. The printed book is from 1508, the blind-tooled leather binding from 1579 and the exterior knotted leather cover was added ten years later, in 1589.

Miniature books - Book of Hours. Venice: c. 1480. 3 x 2". different treatments with skulls, introducing the Office of the Dead.