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Italian 15th-century painted binding (binding only)
1450 - (BINDING). Italian 15th-century painted binding (binding only). [Florence?, circa 1450]. Folio, full blind-tooled brown calf, triple spine-straps, applied hand-painted panels and armorial escutcheons, leather clasps and iron catches, iron corner bosses. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $7800.Outstanding 15th-century decorative miniatures possibly added at a later date to a contemporary ledger binding, further decorated with 15 teardrop appliqués painted with Italian coats-of-arms.This intriguing Italian binding is held by three stitched-on leather straps in the manner of 15th-century ledger books. Its furniture consists of iron catches and corner bosses. The striking covers are finished with blind-stamped borders, two magnificent appliqué hand-painted panels, and 15 teardrop-shaped armorial escutcheons, all executed in egg tempera colors over gilded grounds and red gesso primer. On the front panel is pictured an armistice, undoubtedly commemorating one of the frequent wars between city-states, perhaps the first of them, between Pisa (whose banner is flown here) and Lucca. The two armies are aligned at either end of the panel; the leaders are shaking hands at the center. The rear panel quite possibly depicts allegorically the story of St. John Gualbert, 11th-century Florentine nobleman, who, having captured his brother’s assassin, pardoned him. These intricate panel paintings truly rival the illuminated manuscripts of the period. Contemporary manuscript calculations on endpapers. Without one catch. Board edges and straps rubbed. Some flaking to original tempera, exposing the gilt and gesso grounds. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
Last Found On: 2016-01-31           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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