17th-century English (Cambridge) gold-tooled stained buckskin (Qq.11.5)

Gold-tooled buck or deerskin binding with a wheel-shaped central ornament, of a type produced in Cambridge in the mid 17th century. Buckskin was usually whitened by alum-tawing, but this example is stained red. From Joseph Mede's Clauis apocalyptica (Cambridge, 1632). This copy was presented to John Williams, Bishop of Lincoln.