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Book of Hours for Sarum Use
Belgium, Bruges, 146070

Binding and Clasps. This binding is "blind tooled," meaning that the leather has been impressed or stamped without any intervening gold or metal leaf. Between the vertical panels containing birds and vines are bands of dancing peasants and musician angels. A Flemish bookbinder named Anthony de Gavere created the binding and added this inscription: "I, Anthony de Gavere, properly bound this book for the glory of Christ." The Virgin and Child are entertained by an angel on the illumination inside the upper clasp.Within the lower clasp is an illumination of Veronica holding a veil on which Christ's face is imprinted.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Widener 3

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