The Gift of a Girdle Book…
This exceptional gift arrived to celebrate the launch of the second book in The Gisborne Saga.
It’s a delicate miniature copy of a medieval girdle book, created and bound by renowned miniature book artist, Patricia Sweet, from Bopress Studios
Girdle books were ‘small portable books worn by monks, the clergy and nobles as a popular accessory between the 13th and 16th centuries.’ For quite a good detailed description, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girdle_book
There are so few original girdle books left in the world that I figure I am immensely spoiled and very very lucky.
What do you think?
This is gorgeous! Pat is SO clever, isn’t she?
Ann, it’s absolutely perfect. The leather feels incredibly soft and the detail of the binding is astonishing. Having book-bound in various styles myself (Coptic, sidebinding etc) and once even made my own miniature book, I can’t envisage how she managed to incorporate such a large cover on such a tiny book and yet still have the same spine, the most perfect endpapers… She is a true artist.
How many pages are there?
34 double sided pages.
That is so cool!
Isn’t it perfect? I think a blank girdle book in human size for noting writerly ideas down is totally the thing from now on!
This is just so cool! What a wonderful, and entirely appropriate, gift and such perfect timing…
Note the arrow – soooo utterly apposite!