A Beautiful Embroidered Dos-A-Dos Binding
EMBROIDERED BINDING. New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Newly Translated out of the Originall Greeke: and with the former Translations diligently compared and reuised, by his Maiesties Special Commandement. London: Imprinted by...Robert Barker...and by the Assignes of John Bill , 1633.
[Bound together with:]

[BIBLE IN ENGLISH]. [The Whole Book of Psalmes, collected into English meeter by T. Sternhold, I. Hopkins, W. Whittingham, and others, conferred with the Hebrew, with apt notes to sing them withall ; newly set foorth, and allowed to be sung in all churches of all the people together before and after morning and euening prayer and also before and after sermons ; moreouer in priuate houses, for their godly solace and comfort, laying apart all vngodly songs and ballads, which may tend only to the nourishing of vice, and corrupting of youth. London: imprinted by F[elix]. K[ingston]. for the Company of Stationers, 1633.]

Two twenty-fourmo volumes bound dos-ŕ-dos (back-to-back) in one (4 x 2 1/8 inches; 103 x 55 mm). New Testament: 262 of 264 leaves (lacking final two leaves Y11 and Y12) ; Psalms: [3]-330, [6] pages. Lacking title-page (sig. A). In this edition of the New Testament, sig. A2r has 15 verses. New Testament with engraved title-page.

Contemporary London embroidered binding. Covers and spines uniformly decorated with with white silk embroidered with colored and golden thread. Both covers with ornamental framed tulip in salmon and green thread. Each spine with five four-petalled flowers in blue, pink and gold thread. All edges gilt. Previous owner's old ink signature dated 1711 on final blank of Psalms. Small portions of the embroidery worn away, or rubbed but still an excellent example, and better than most.

A characteristic London embroidered binding of the second quarter of the seventeenth century, rare in a dos-ŕ-dos format. Although textile bindings of canvas and velvet were popular during the Elizabethan period as coverings for devotional books, the style reached its height during the stuart period.

"During the seventeenth century little ›double‹ books were rather favourite forms for Common Prayer and Psalms especially. These curious bindings open opposite ways and have two backs, two ornamental boards, and one unornamented board enclosed between the two books, which are always of the same size" (Davenport, English Embroidered Bindings, 38)

ESTC S124408 (STC 2943); ESTC S4149 (STC 2645.7)

HBS # 68129 $6,500