Constantini Hugenii Equitis Otiorum Libri Sex




Shoults La 1641 H


[Haarlem: Hans Passchiers van Wesbusch]


Whether books are large or small, the effort in binding remains the same: collating the sections, sewing the sections together, trimming the edges, rounding and backing the spine, and wrapping the text block with a cover of some sort. Here two plain, functional vellum bindings are contrasted with an ornate red morocco binding on a 1697 Italian edition of the Office of the Church. Only the stubs of the fore-edge ties remain on the Elzevier edition (1634), which has a limp vellum cover. The vellum on the ‘landscape’ Huygens (1641) is rigid, wrapped over pasteboard. Both books have vellum cords stabbed through the outer cover; this practice giving greater strength to the binding.


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Constantijn Huygens, “Constantini Hugenii Equitis Otiorum Libri Sex,” | OUR Heritage, accessed July 25, 2024,