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Book - Machumetis Sarracenorum principis vita, ac doctrina omnis ... / Item, Philippi Melanchtonis
  • Machumetis Sarracenorum principis vita, ac doctrina omnis ... / Item, Philippi Melanchtonis
    Bibliander, Theodore, born 1509 - died 1564
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Machumetis Sarracenorum principis vita, ac doctrina omnis ... / Item, Philippi Melanchtonis

  • Object:

    Book

  • Place of origin:

    [Basel] (published)

  • Date:

    [1543] (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bibliander, Theodore, born 1509 - died 1564 (author)
    Mansell, William, born 1828 - died 1902 (Bookbinder)

  • Museum number:

    L.1593-1948

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 58, case 1

Physical description

3 v. ([24], 230, [10] p.; [8], 178, [2] p.; 163, [1] p.)
Library's copy bound in France(?) in about the 1550s in calf, covers gold tooled in Moresque manner with fillets, curved and foliate stamps; fanfare design with the strapwork pattern painted in black. In style similar to the bindings made for Jean Grolier. With the arms of Thomas Wotton stamped in silver at the centres of the covers. The engrailed saltires in the first and fourth quarters heavily painted over in black (as the strapwork) to provide the correct tincture. Rebound by William Mansell in the last quarter of 19th century incorporating the original cover panels on a matching calf binding, with six raised bands, marbled endpapers and gilt edges. Front free endpaper stamped "Bound by Mansell."

Place of Origin

[Basel] (published)

Date

[1543] (published)

Artist/maker

Bibliander, Theodore, born 1509 - died 1564 (author)
Mansell, William, born 1828 - died 1902 (Bookbinder)

Dimensions

Height: 29 cm

Object history note

Binding with the arms of Thomas Wotton. Front binder's leaf inscribed in 17th century hand: 'Legatum Reverendi et Charissimi Amici et Affinis Thomæ Blechynden. S.T.Dris.' Donated by Henry J. B. Clements.

Descriptive line

Machumetis Sarracenorum principis vita, ac doctrina omnis, quæ & Ismahelitarum lex, & Alcoranum dicitur, ex Arabica lingua...

Labels and date

LEATHER BINDING with Moresque decoration
About 1550, for The Koran

This binding has prominent Morsque ornament of angular, interlacing bands. Silver and black have been applied at the centre to reproduce the correct constrasts in the heraldry. Thomas Wotton, whose arms are stamped on the cover, was a notable book collector.

Brown calf skin, with gold tooling and black paint; the arms stamped in silver
Probably bound in France and stamped in England with the arms of Thomas Wotton (1521-1587); this edition of The Koran was published in Basel, Switzerland in 1543 Donated by Henry J.B. Clements
National Art Library no. L.1593-1948
[16/03/2018]

Materials

Paper; Calf leather

Techniques

Printing

Categories

National Art Library; Bookbinding; Books; British Galleries

Collection

National Art Library

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