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Bound by Law: Justinianus

Digesti novi

Justinianus

Digestu[m] novu[m] / Mit der Glossa ordinaria von Accursius und Summaria von Bartolus de Saxoferrato und Paulus de Castro

Venetiis : Bernardini stagnini de Tridino de Monteferrato, 1494

Digesti novi

Justinianus

Digestu[m] novu[m] / Mit der Glossa ordinaria von Accursius und Summaria von Bartolus de Saxoferrato und Paulus de Castro

Venetiis : Bernardini stagnini de Tridino de Monteferrato, 1494

The binding of this Digestum Novum is typical of binding done in the fifteenth century. The vellum that covers the wooden boards is blind-tooled, meaning that the damp leather binding was stamped with a heated tool to create a textured decoration. The close-up photo shows the delicate design stamped on the cover. The addition of brass clasps and latches was also typical of the time as a way of preserving the book from moisture and page buckling. The title being written by hand on the page edges was another common trend. As books were shelved horizontally spine-side in, the title being written on the page edges was the only way to quickly browse the titles on a shelf.