The Holy Court (page 2/3)

[picture: front cover]

front cover

The book is quarter leather. It has obviously been rebound at some point after some damage, as some of the pages are trimmed. [$]

[picture: fore-edge]


The fore-edge of the book: you’re looking at the front of the book, the opposite to the spine. It is marbled, a decoration that also served to seal the edges of the pages so that the book can be dusted more easily. [more...] [$]

[picture: Holy Court Book decorated leather spine]

Holy Court Book decorated leather spine

It’s an antique! This leather-bound book was produced in 1663, although it has for sure been rebound more than once in the meantime. Here is the spine of [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Hoy Court leather-bound spine gold decorations]

Hoy Court leather-bound spine gold decorations

Detail from the spine of the book (the back edge with the writing on it): I collected the five hand-tooled gold decorations together. [more...] [$]

[picture: Bookplate]


This bookplate, or “ex libris” as they are sometimes called, is pasted inside the cover of “The Holy Court.” The pencil writing at the top right is a bookseller’s annotation from the [...]spera in deo, which is, Hope in God. Under the family crest is the name Walter Sweetman. I’ve been told it’s the bookplate of the Irish Poet by that name! [more...] [$]

[picture: Bookplate detail: family crest]

Bookplate detail: family crest

The coat of arms from the bookplate. it is surmounted by a dragon’s head, and there is a bird, perhaps a falcon, in the coat of arms itself. This is a detail from the Bookplate image. [more...] [$]

[picture: Flavius Constantine]

Flavius Constantine

The Emperor Constantine: Imp. Cæs. Flavius Constan. Aug. [more...] [$]

[picture: Boetius]


Anicius Manlius Severinus Boetius (A.D. 480 – 524/5). It is not a good scan, unfortunately, even though I did it at 2400dpi as usual. [more...] [$]

[picture: Title Page, Historical Observations]

Title Page, Historical Observations

This title page occurs maybe three quarters of the way through the book; probably the book was published in separate sections and has been bound into a single volume. I made a separate image for the Crown woodcut on the grounds that you can’t have too many crowns. [more...] [$]

[picture: Crown from title page at p. 637]

Crown from title page at p. 637

A woodcut of a crown, used as decoration on the title page of Disturbers of the Holy Court. [$]

[picture: Portraits of Samuel and Daniel]

Portraits of Samuel and Daniel

These two portraits were made on a single plate (probably a woodcut or wood engraving); no source is given for the likenesses (or possibly unlikenesses) of these two characters [...]The Statesmen which also includes Moses. [more...] [$]

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