Bindings & Covers

Bindings and covers are integral to book production, protecting pages from damage, and holding them firmly in place. They are also of great importance for book design, sometimes echoing the style of the work within. The Chester Beatty collections include a wonderful range of decorated bindings and covers revealing a variety of formats and techniques.

Genji words and pictures (Genji kotobae)
1688
Japan
CBL J 1126

Highlights

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  • Detail of stamped gilded leather book cover, for the Cream of Histories (Zubdat al-tawarikh)
    Luqman-i Ashuri
    Istanbul (Turkey)
    CBL T 414

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  • Filigree leather book cover, for the Five Poems (Khamsa) of Amir Khusrau
    1485 (890 AH)
    Herat (Afghanistan)
    CBL Per 163

    2 / 9

  • Genji words and pictures (Genji kotobae)
    1688
    Japan
    CBL J 1126

    3 / 9

  • Great Encyclopedia of the Yongle Reign (Yongle dadian)
    1562-1567
    China
    CBL C 1756

    4 / 9

  • Life of the Buddha
    mid-19th century
    Burma
    CBL Bu 1207

    5 / 9

  • Iris, painted lacquer album cover
    Delhi (India)
    c. 1850
    CBL In 27

    6 / 9

  • Stamped leather binding, Gospel book
    13th century
    Hromkla
    Cilicia (modern Turkey)
    CBL Arm 558

    7 / 9

  • Wooden binding boards
    200-300
    Egypt
    CBL Cpt 803

    8 / 9

  • Wotton’s Element of Architecture and Vitruvius’ De Architectura, translated
    Michael Wills (active c. 1721–1777)
    bound by Edward Beatty (d. 1794)
    binding c. 1755
    manuscript c. 1770
    Dublin (Ireland)
    CBL W 192

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