18th-century English (Cambridge) gold-tooled dark blue morocco (Bb.8.30)

Gold-tooled dark blue morocco binding from the Library's copy of the Great Bible of 1539. It was produced in Cambridge, ca. 1750, probably by a binder called Ed. Moore, active in Cambridge in the 18th-century, and who has work listed in the College's account books for 1748-1760. He often tended to copy the style of bindings produced by Thomas Eliot and Christopher Chapman for Robert Harley, the Earl of Oxford, with their distinctive central lozenge, but tended to use better quality leather.