Rainerus de Pisis. Pantheologia. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1477.

Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Henry Yeager.

Although this third volume of a comprehensive theological encyclopedia is significant both for its content and as a good example of incunabula (15th century printing), it is most remarkable for its chained binding. The binding is one-quarter calf over beechwood boards, with five brass bosses and two iron bars that strengthen the boards. The ten-link iron chain was used to attach the book to a library shelf, a precursor of modern library security systems.

 

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