17th-century English gold-tooled calfskin for Charles I as Duke of York (Aa.6.21)

An emblem book bound for Charles I. This fine gilt binding is decorated with the arms of Charles, Duke of York, later Charles I. As Charles was Duke of York from 1605-1612 this binding must date from that period, and must have been produced in one of the London binderies. At this time Charles was still second in line to the throne, as his elder brother Henry was still alive, and he can only have been aged between five and twelve, having been born in 1600. No other specimen of this bookstamp has been recorded.

Gift of Ralph Hare Griffin.