Antonio Bonfini: Rerum Hungaricarum decades

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Description of binding

Object description

Fragment of a pair of leaves, written on both sides, that had been used for making a parchment binding. The pair of leaves is trimmed on all four sides. At the folding, three incisions mark the sewing holes. Based on the overflowing writing and the text field, it can be presumed that the quires had been sewn all along on four sewing supports. The fourth hole closest to the head must be the trace of a kettle stich or of a tiedown of the endband core. Text had been written in black ink; it is undecorated. On the margin, there are entries written by another hand.

The pair of leaves of the codex was later used as a cover material of parchment binding. Folding of the pair of leaves coincides with one of the openings of the binding parchment. The cover is also truncated, the fore-edge turn-in at right board of the book had been trimmed. The binding was made without squares; on the basis of traces of incision, it can be established that only the endband core had been pulled through its opening. Traces of adhesive can be detected on the inner face of the parchment. The outer face is heavily tainted; titling written in ink is visible on the spine part. The book was fastened with two ribbons, the place where they had been pulled through is marked by incisions.