Our 1494 copy of the "Opera et Libri Vite Fratris Thome de Kempis:" the works of Brother Thomas a Kempis, a leading late medieval theologian.
The binding is original to the book; Abbie Weinberg, the Folger's Reference and Outreach Specialist, tells us that the binding is pig skin over wooden boards, which would have been common for the time. "The metalwork on the front (called “furniture”) was both decorative and protective," Weinberg said, "the little footies helped keep the leather binding off the table (the same way some leather handbags have footies today). The iron chain would have been hand-forged, and secured the book to a shelf or table." #FolgerFinds #Bookstagram #LibrariesofInstagram #musesocial #bookbinding