Legendumst posted about a new exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum, Protecting the Word: Bookbindings of the Morgan. Pierpont Morgan was, well, filthy rich, and he purchased a lot of beautiful things including books with exquisite bindings. These are now on display and you can see a handful of them online. I thought I would post one of them—it actually made me gasp when it came up on screen. They aren’t sure exactly where and when it was made but they guess Salzburg around 760–790. A hundred years later or so it was “recycled” as the back cover of the Lindau Gospels. The front cover is astonishing also, but I prefer the older one. Click the book to zoom.