The government of the tongue

The government of the tongue

The binding is contemporary red goatskin with green goatskin onlay, tooled in gold. Don Etherington & Matt T. Roberts write, “at one time the most elaborate of the Restoration bindings were attributed to Samuel Mearne.” This book is no exception: his name is written in pencil on the front flyleaf. It may indeed have been bound by Mearne (1624-1683, Royal Binder starting in 1660), or perhaps by one of his apprentices. However, it more closely resembles the work of the craftsman known as Queen’s Binder B. The binding’s decorative motifs, such as the repeating image of the tulip and the so-called “drawer handle motif,” are typical of Restoration bindings.

 
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