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The little book of hours of Amiens Nicolas Blairie, carefully written on a thin Ruling rose, but modestly decorated with some original illuminations in ink has the curious shape of an almond when it is closed. When it opens, the two halves of the almond bloom to fit the contours of a heart, concrete evocation of the heart of the person praying the prayer that opens.

Corazón en forma de libro de horas del siglo Amiens, Picardía, Francia. Original de Bibliothèque nationale de France.

17th/ 18th century Silver filigree enriched binding on prayer book, probably South German Schwabisch Gmund, Jewish Museum, London

17th/ 18th century Silver filigree enriched binding on prayer book, probably South German Schwabisch Gmund, Jewish Museum, London

This small Hebrew Bible is bound in a so-called concertina binding. It belonged to the Danish collector of books Peder Scavenius (1623-1685), who had a taste for rare and remarkable books. His was one of the collections of books which was incorporated into the library of King Frederik III in the 1660’s, and so this book was part of the oldest Royal Library.

This small Hebrew Bible is bound in a so-called concertina binding. It belonged to the Danish collector of books Peder Scavenius (1623-1685), who had a taste for rare and remarkable books. His was one of the collections of books which was incorporated into the library of King Frederik III in the 1660’s, and so this book was part of the oldest Royal Library.

fore-edge paintings with gilded and gauffered edges by Fazakerley, showing scenes from the book

fore-edge paintings with gilded and gauffered edges by Fazakerley, showing scenes from the book

A short view of gold tooling title directly on spine. Looks simple but it actually one of the hardest skills to achieve, as it is far too easy to set the type down crooked. Practice practice practice.

A short view of gold tooling title directly on spine. Looks simple but it actually one of the hardest skills to achieve, as it is far too easy to set the type down crooked. Practice practice practice.

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