THOMAS A KEMPIS. OPERA. NUREMBERG, 1494. FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY: 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.
Antique prayer book in sterling silver. I appreciate the thought, care, and love of good craftsmanship that goes into stuff like this. Are we so utilitarian that we assume not to have the time to care about crafting and loving beautiful things?