Not THE Luttrell Psalter, of course, but one of the 1480 facsimiles printed for the Folio Society in 2006. I should say straight away that in every respect bar one the book is admirable – exceptional photography of the original in the British Library, excellent scholarly commentary in a separate volume by Michelle P Brown, all contained in a well-made drop-back box. The binding of the facsimile leaves by Smith Settle is strong and sound.
But I simply hate the design of the cover – bright blue morocco stamped with a gaudy imitation of medieval manuscript border decoration. So I determined to do better myself, using materials and decoration much more suited to the original, dating as it does from about 1340. Here are some ‘before and after’ pictures: the new binding is plain calf with blind tooling. The clasps are by Muller of Nussdorf, Germany (expensive, but very authentic copies of originals), the endpapers are real parchment.
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