‘You cannot write a history of bookbinding by just studying the decorated fine bindings as you cannot write a history on humanity by just studying the ascendancy.’
Dr Nicholas Pickwoad
The first description of the trade of bookbinding was written by Anselm Faust, Der Buchbinder, 1568
In the post script of the third edition of Bernard Middletons, Restoration of Leather Bindings by Nicholas Pickwoad there is an identical case to that of the Anatomy of the Body of Man: A copy of George Bishop, A looking-glass for the times being a tract concerning the original and rise of truth and the original and rise of the antichrist, London, 1668 shows the same unused saw cuts and stab stitching. The Houghton Library has decided to leave the book in this condition for that reason.