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Girdle book #2

Full leather bound, manually embossed
11,0 x 18,0 cm

        The Girdle book is a fenomenon from the early middle age; a book hanging from the girdle as a sort of portable accessory, popular among monks as well as clergymen and aristocats. There are not many girdle books left today, as they were often rebound into regular hardcovers to save and recycle leather; About three books can be made out of the material used for one single girdle book.

Girdle book #2 was a practice in traditional book binding, made in collaboration with Christian Klünder at Klünder Buchbinderei. The hardcover is full leather bound on wood, handsewn and embossed manually with gold. 

Furthermore, the headband is sewn by hand and other details are also handmade, such as the metal clasps that were cut out and customized for the book. 

The book contains the German translation of Der Decamerone (The Decameron) by Giovanni Boccaccio, probably written from 1348 until 1353. This specific edition was printed by Manesse Verlag.