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A Chained Book



This volume, one of a very few existing examples of a chain binding, still retains the remnant of the hand-wrought chain which fastened it securely to a shelf. At the time of the publication of this book in the 1490s, books were so valuable that they were often chained in place to foil thieves.

 

The book, which contains two works, is bound in blind-tooled pigskin over shaped wooden boards and embellished with protective brass clasps and bosses. An inscription appears on the front cover protected by a thin piece of transparent horn mounted in a brass frame.

 


Thomas a Kempis. Opera. Nuremberg, 1494.


 
 
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