Italian, fifteenth century
Venetian binding, blind-tooled goatskin, fifteenth century.
Author: Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo
Title: [De civitate Dei. Italian].
Published: Venice?: Antonio Miscomini?, not after 1483.
Location: Rare Books: Incunabula Collection (ExI)
Call number: Oversize 2815.311.502q
Spine height: 31 cm

Italian, sixteenth century
Blind-tooled red goatskin, early sixteenth century.
Author: Lascaris, Constantine, 1434-1501?
Title: Graecae institutiones.
Published: Ferrara: Giovanni Mazzocchi, 1510.
Location: Rare Books (Ex)
Call number: 2512.564.2
Spine height: 22 cm

Italian, sixteenth century
Sometimes referred to as a schoolbook type of binding, this sixteenth-century undecorated half-leather binding over beech boards is from the affordable end of the book trade.
Author: Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D.
Title: Epistole Heroides Ovidii.
Published: Venice, 1515.
Location: Rare Books (Ex)
Call number: Oversize 2893.342.015q
Spine height: 32 cm

Italian, sixteenth century
Fine gold-tooled brown goatskin, mid-sixteenth century.
Author: Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274
Title: Thomas super Esaiam.
Published: Lyons: Jean Crespin, 1531.
Location: Rare Books (Ex)
Call number: BS1515 .T56 1531
Spine height: 17 cm

Italian, sixteenth century
This design motif, with simple gold lines and small gold-tooled corner and centerpiece elements, appears on a number of Aldine books, leading some scholars to assume that Aldo Manuzio had a close association with a particular binding shop and may have offered books for sale in such bindings.
Author: Caesar, Julius
Title: [Works. 1513].
Published: Venice: Aldo Manuzio & Andreas Torresanus, 1513.
Location: Rare Books (Ex)
Call number: 2826.1513
Spine height: 17 cm

Italian, seventeenth century
A fanfare binding, early seventeenth century.
Author: Euripides
Title: [Works. 1602].
Published: Geneva: Paul Estienne, 1602.
Location: Rare Books: Graphic Arts (GAX)
Call number: PA3974 .A2 1602
Spi ne Height: 24 cm

Italian, seventeenth century
A fan design, in contrast to a fanfare, late seventeenth century.
Author: Zani, Valerio, conte, d. 1696
Title: Memorie, imprese e ritratti de'Signori Accademici Gelati di Bologna.
Published: Bologna: Per li Manolessi, 1672.
Location: Rare Books (Ex)
Call number: N7710 .Z29
Spine height: 22 cm

Italian, eighteenth century
Italian publishers also had books sewn and covered with simple but beautiful papers, employing various decorative techniques, including block stamping and stenciling.
Author: Clement XIV, Pope, 1705-1774
Title: Lettere interessanti.
Published: Lugano: Agnelli, 1776-1777.
Location: Rare Books (Ex)
Call number: 1552.696.2514.25
Spine height: 22 cm