15. Bindings & Bookboxes - The Schoyen Collection
Chemise Binding Schoyen Collection MS 692 THE ELLESMERE BIBLE England, ca. 1240, deerskin over stout beech boards, sewn on 5 split tawed thongs, made as a chemise binding with the leather extending well beyond the covers to practically encase the volume. Complete on top edges including the tab on top of the spine, only a small portion remains along the lower edge, the 2 catches on the upper cover are preserved. 10 brass bosses, 5 on each cover, probably 15th c.