german pigskin bindings

German Pigskin Bindings.

Typicaly you will find these bindings scattered across medieval  Germany, dating from around 1540 to 1640. During this one hundred years countless thousands of large heavy blind tooled pigskin bindings were produced, built to house either vellum leaves or heavy hand made paper, often with wooden boards and brass fittings.

Blind tooling was the most favoured method of decoration, you will see elaborate rolls and centre devices on all but the most common books, whether the leather was very damp or not when the tooling was carried out is an interesting point, I would think so judging by the depth of the tooling on many of these bindings.

The following is a brief introduction to bindings of this medieval period. 




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