Bindings Exhibition

On the first day of the conference, in the specially arranged Gothic Art Hall of the medieval town hall in Torun, the first monumental exhibition of Gothic bindings in European museology will be opened, entitled Gothic bindings of the 13th and 16th centuries from Torun collections. It will include approximately 80 pieces of European book bindings, stored in Torun institutions: the University Library, the Copernicus Library, the State Archives and the Diocesan Museum. The selected objects will include, among others: volumes from the Teutonic libraria, cut-leather bindings (Lederschnitteinbände), a set of wooden, engraved wax tablet bindings, a unique Cologne binding from the 14th century, a binding decorated with seal stamps, a light leather binding covered with a decoration printed in black from a woodcut block, libri catenati, a rich set of bindings with late Gothic decorations, so-called Langsticheinbände, or a large-format gradual binding with a key lock. The exhibition will be enriched by works of Gothic painting and sculpture, presenting the motif of bound books, as well as a selected set of works of Gothic artistic craftsmanship – especially goldsmithing – decorated with motifs and ornaments analogous to those in bookbinding decorations. Explanations for all objects will be in Polish and English.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue edited by Arkadiusz Wagner and Krzysztof Nierzwicki. Copies of the catalog will be a gift from the organizers for all registered participants of the Conference.

Cut-leather binding, Silesia?, Lusatia?, 1st half of the 14th c. (University Library in Torun)
Binding with a decoration printed from a woodcut block, Gdansk or Warmia (Frombork?), 1430s (University Library in Torun)
An anonymous bookbinder from the circle of the Master of the Book of Oaths (Eidbuch-Meister), binding of the codex, Cologne, probably 1375-1385 (University Library in Torun)
Cut-leather binding, Bohemia (Prague?), around 1400 (University Library in Torun)
Binding of a collection of wax tablets, Torun, early 15th c. (State Archives in Torun)
Parchment binding with spine stiffening (so-called Langstich), Torun, 2nd half 15th c. (State Archives in Torun)
Gradual binding clasp with a key lock, Prussia, 2nd half 15th – early 16th c. (Diocesan Museum in Torun)
Binding with round fittings as an attribute of Saint Paul, altar sculpture, Prussia, 14th c. (District Museum in Torun)
Keystone of the Gothic vault with a medallion presenting the Lamb of God (District Museum in Torun)
Colored woodcut glued to the inner part of the codex binding, Germany, probably 1430s (Copernicus Library in Torun)
John of Lithuania (Monogramist JL), Gothic-Renaissance binding, end of the 1st decade – 2nd decade of the 16th c. (Copernicus Library in Torun)
Gothic binding with openwork tracery fittings, probably Gdansk, 4th quarter of the 15th c. (Copernicus Library in Torun)

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