Depictions of very old book bindings that were in the British Museum in 1889. Taken from Henry B. Wheatley’s “Remarkable bindings in the British Museum, selected for their beauty or historic interest.”

“Commission from Venerio, doge of Venice, In dark red leather, Venetian, A.D. 1554. Plate XIV, Page 30. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/remarkablebindin00whea/page/30/mode/1up
“English and Italian songs, English binding, with Arms of Queen Anne.” Plate XXII. Page 46. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/remarkablebindin00whea/page/46/mode/1up
“Description de Toute la terre saincte. Embroidered binding from the Library of Henry VIII.” Plate XXIII. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/remarkablebindin00whea/page/n114/mode/1up
“H. Petrarcha, Embroidered binding belonging to Queen Katharine Parr.” Plate XXIV, page 52. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/remarkablebindin00whea/page/52/mode/1up

Plates depicting very old book bindings that were in the British Museum in 1889. Taken from Henry B. Wheatley’s “Remarkable bindings in the British Museum, selected for their beauty or historic interest.”

Binding of the Psalter of Melissenda which dates to 1139, written on vellum and bound in carved ivory. Melissenda having been the daughter of Baldwin II, King of Jerusalem (1118-1131) and the wife of Fulk, Count of Anjou and King of Jerusalem (1131-1144). Plate I, page 23. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/remarkablebindin00whea/page/n22/mode/2up
“Deux Livres d’esocrates. Binding with ornament of coloured interlaced work, inlaid.” 16th c. Plate X. Page 22/61. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/remarkablebindin00whea/page/22/mode/
“Documents relating to the Council of Trent. Italian binding: Grolier design.” Published in 1548. Plate XII. Page 69. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/remarkablebindin00whea/page/n68/mode/2up