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Les incontournables de la bibliothèque
La Vie de saint Denis, reliure brodée aux armes de Marie de Médicis Manuscrit de dédicace à la reine Marie de Médicis, sur la vie de saint Denis. Une des dix reliures brodées exécutées en France sous le règne de Louis XIII. Reliure originale en soie violette brodée d’or, fleurs et ornements en soie de couleurs, chiffre de Marie de Médicis et couronne en perles fines, dos long à semé de fleurs de lys dans un encadrement, ruban de gros de Tours parme, avec lisière en dentelle dorée.
- The Armes of all the noble men which was created since William the Conqueror beganne his reigne, and everie Prince since, in order, untill this present year of Our Lord Anno Domini 1620
The binding of this seventeenth-century heraldic manuscript was executed in 1923, in imitation of a binding on a prayer book which had been presented by King Charles I to William Murray, first Earl of Dysart. It was presented to Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother when she was Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon by William Tollemache, 9th Earl of Dysart, and she then presented it to the Royal Library in 1975. It is a similar binding to those on the Bible and Book of Common Prayer which belonged to Charl...
white satin cover with seed pearls and goldwork. At this site S.T. Prideau provides a succinct description of the history of embroidered bindings as well as the designs that decorated them. Further, discusses how gold thread was produced and their origins. It is worth reading if only to understand `why` the effort and expense.