This book seems to have been used as a family Bible in the nineteenth century. There are inscriptions in English and German, some particularly moving. It was donated to the Libraries by Oscar Riley.
This is a beautiful book, but it’s had a hard life. We’ve added it to our Adopt a Book program, which allows people to make donations for the repair and preservation of rare books. To see more photos of this book in its current state, visit the Adopt a Book website.
Today it’s all about the Yapp! Here is a three volume set of Livy’s History of Rome printed in Amsterdam by Ludovicum & Danielem Elzevirios in 1664 and edited by the German scholar Johann Fredrich Gronovius. This set is bound in vellum with lovely yapps at the foreedge. Yapps were widely used in early modern binding. (To see another yapp in action check out this Staxpeditions video!)
I just learned how to make a yapp at the uicb! Here is a model I made out of department office supplies!