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George-Giusti--cover-for-The-Possessed-by-Albert-Camus-(Vintage--1964)

Cover of the Gospel Book of Otto III (with tenth-century Byzantine ivory panel) c. 1000

The front cover of a bible from Chiavenna, in the College Church of San Lorenzo. Most works of this period, especially the great ecclesiastical works were decorated like this, making the covers such a prize for the Vikings

The front cover of a bible from Chiavenna, in the College Church of San Lorenzo. Most works of this period, especially the great ecclesiastical works were decorated like this, making the covers such a prize for the Vikings

Treasure Binding (Walters Art Museum)

Manuscript: Constantinople between 1403-1405. Binding: Paris, circa 1360 and end of the 14th, rebuilt in the 17th century. Offered by the Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus to the abbey of Saint-Denis

The Finest Surviving Coptic Bookbinding (c. 650 – 750). MS M.569, Pierpont Morgan Library, Considered the finest surviving Coptic bookbinding. A Coptic bookbinding removed from an illuminated manuscript on parchment of the Four Gospels (MS M. 569) attributed to the Monastery of Holy Mary Mother of God, Perkethoout near Hamuli, Faiyum, Egypt, and preserved in the Morgan Library and Museum, is considered "the finest surviving Coptic bookbinding." It is tooled goatskin.

Cover of the famous Carolingian Gospel Codex Aureus of Sankt Emmeram. Made in ca. 870 at the Palace of Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Bald. Emperor Charles the Bald donated it to Arnulf of Carinthia who donated it to the Sankt Emmeram Abbey.

Early Carolingian metalwork covers, Lindau Gospels, Austria, 8th c.

Thomas a Kempis. Opera. Nuremberg, 1494 This volume, one of a very few existing examples of a chain binding, still retains the remnant of the hand-wrought chain which fastened it securely to a shelf. At the time of the publication of this book in the 1490s, books were so valuable that they were often chained in place to foil thieves.

TLIMOGES GOSPEL BOOK COVER Binding: Limoges, France, 13th c., upper cover of a Gospel book, originally on wooden boards

16th century embroidered velvet book with scroll and floral pattern. (by Aria Nadii)

Thirteenth-century Armenian T'oros Roslin Gospels, with the symbols of the four Evangelists in the corners. (Walters Museum)

A1008 Anonymous Angels, Saints and the Four Evangelists Book-cover ca. 1506 (The Book of the Gospels) Silver-gilt 28.9 x 20.7 cm The British Museum London, UK Inv. nr. WB.88