Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Little Gidding bindings

Early 17th century bookbindings produced by the members of the Anglican community founded by NICHOLAS FERRAR and his nieces, in Huntingdonshire, England, in 1625. The bindings they produced included albums (concordances) of Biblical texts taken from printed texts, to which the Ferrars added illustrations. The bindings themselves were of gold tooled velvet, vellum or morocco. Ferrar died in 1636, but the community continued on for another 20 years.

Little Gidding was an abused term among dealers and historians of bookbinding, just as with Mearne and Ève, and at one time virtually any English embroidered binding of the early 17th century was called Little Gidding. (132 , 165 )




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