Tooling and manuscript as endpapers

One of the last find in the Derry and Raphoe collection was this beautiful book with lovely tooling of recorded roll (late 16th-17th Century) quite unusual for such a small size book (16cm in height).

Tooling of front board of C I. k 19

Another feature of this collection I really enjoy and appreciate is the use of waste manuscript as endpapers. In this book, a lovely illuminated manuscript on parchment has been folded and sewn front and back of the book. Discolouration of the parchment is visible where it was in contact with the covering material, but what I found really fascinating is the offsetting of the letter P, painted red and blue from the endpaper onto the leather.

Manuscript waste as endpaper on C I. k 19

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About juliapoirier

Assistant book and paper conservator at Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Library
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