Two Rare Books in 17th c. Dos-à-dos binding


The Whole Booke of Psalmes… with apt notes to sing them withall.

London: Company of Stationers, 1638


[Bound with:] 

The New Testament. 

London: Robert Barker, 1637

Two works bound as one: 24mo: 10.5 x 5.5 cm. I. 330, [6] p. Collation: A-O12. II. 528 p. Collation: A-Y12

Bound in white satin, embroidered with a large central flower on both boards in shaded white, green, red, yellow, and copper, with a threadwork surround and four flowers in silver thread. Spines with stylized flowers. Edges gilt and gauffered. The binding is lightly soiled, with small losses and some wear. New Testament with woodcut title page border. Marginal dampstain to last signature of Psalms only. Printed music in the Psalms. Provenance: Paul Hirsch.

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

ESTC records only 1 copy of "The Whole Booke of Psalmes" (British Library) and 2 copies of "The New Testament"( British Library, Yale)

ESTC S711 (variant) & S91022; STC 2681.3 & 2953.3