Two Rare Books in an Exceptional 17th c. Dos-à-dos binding - The Huth Copy


The Whole Booke of Psalmes.

London: Company of Stationers, 1636


Two works bound as one: 24mo: 10.8 x 5 cm. I. A-O12. II.A-Y12

[Bound with:]

The New Testament.

London: Robert Barker, 1636

Rare editions of the Psalms and New Testament in a very fine, contemporary English dos-à-dos binding, richly embroidered with iris motifs. The dos-à-dos (literally "back-to-back") binding form is believed to have originated in the late 15thcentury, possibly in the vicinity of Strasbourg. Embroidered dos-à-dos bindings such as this one were popular in England from the 16thinto the 18thcentury.

Bound in white satin, embroidered with a large central iris on both boards in shaded white, green, red, yellow, and blue, in a heightened frame of silver thread from which tendrils droop in high relief, spines with five alternating flowers, two in silver thread, gilt and gauffered edges. Provenance: Mary Poll (inscription dated June ?1748); Julia S. Bigham memorial collection (book label) – Templeton Crocker (ex libris).

ESTC records only 4 copies of "The Whole Booke of Psalmes" (BL 2, Harvard 2) and 7 copies of "The New Testament"(BL 2, Cambridge, Oxford, Private collection;Harvard, NYPL.)

Darlow and Moule 507; ESTC S1199 & S5126; STC 2667 & 2951.5; Davenport p.89, plate 39