I know what you’re thinking. Gee, this looks familiar:
And it ought to. Compare it to this:
The first is a Book of Psalms from the British Library’s collection, with an embroidered binding depicting David and his slingshot on the front panel and David with Goliath’s head on the back. The second is our friend from my last posting, a Book of Psalms from the Folger, with an embroidered binding depicting David with Goliath’s head and, yes, David and his slingshot.
I’ll wait while you compare the two (clicking on each image should bring you to an enlargeable picture).
That’s right–they’re the same! Of course, they’re not exactly the same. The BL binding reveals that what I took as a cheesy grin from Goliath is actually a mustache, the Folger David holding Goliath’s head has a unibrow that the BL David does not, and the Folger binding has a much more soothing color scheme of blues. § continue reading →