Host Volume

Colchester: University of Essex Library, Harsnett H.f.28

Publication Details

Type of host: 
printed book retaining early binding
Author of volume: 
Augustinus de Ancona
Title of volume: 

Summa de potestate ecclesiastica


[Lyons]: [Petrus Ungarus (Pierre Hongre)], [not after 1480]

Bibliographical reference for printing: 
GW 3053; ISTC ia01366000

Binding Information

Binding style: 
blind-stamped, panel
Binding detail: 

By the Unicorn Binder. Brown leather on bevelled boards; four raised bands of split alum-tawed thongs. Central panel formed by intersecting tramlines of three-line fillets, filled with small-tool decoration (foliate scrolls and separate wyvern stamp); small tools also outside the frame; the central panel with thin three-line fillets in diaper pattern, each lozenge filled with a small-tool: a fleuron, a pelican, or a stag. Catch-plates and clasps still in situ on the fore-edge; stubs of leather remain. Label formerly on back board, near the top, fixed with ten nails. Evidence for a chain-staple at the foot of the back board, nearer the gutter than the fore-edge; verdigris mark suggests brass or copper; fixed by two nails.

Place of binding: 
Date range for binding: 
c. 1480 x 1504

Hosting Information

Number of manuscripts represented: 
Number of fragments: 

Further information

  • William Rawson (d. 1495), fellow of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge; price mentioned: 'Liber M. W. Rawson. Solui pro isto – vij s. vj d.' (s. xv ex, front pastedown).
  • Pembroke Hall, Cambridge: 'Iste liber constat Aule Penbrochie' (s. xv/xvi, back pastedown).
  • Samuel Harsnett (1561–1631), archbishop of York, 1629–31.
Date last updated: 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 16:53