Karen Hanmer

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Title: Medieval Bestiary

Medieval Bestiary

Medieval Bestiary


Medieval Bestiary | 2013 | $600

Medieval binding: deerskin, cedar, brass, inkjet prints.

5 x 3.5 x 2”

This small structure model has many features typical of an early Medieval binding: text block sewn on double raised supports: shaped wood boards with special attention given to the inside spine edge to match the text block’s natural shoulder, then laced on and pegged; sewn headbands; covered in vividly-colored leather; strap and pin closure; simple bosses at the corners. Vellum page markers in each signature mark the placement of reproductions of creatures taken from illuminated manuscripts in The British Library.