Little Gidding bindings
Early 17th century bookbindings produced by the
members of the Anglican community founded by NICHOLAS FERRAR and
his nieces, in Huntingdonshire, England, in 1625.
The bindings they produced included albums
(concordances) of Biblical texts taken from
printed texts, to which the Ferrars added
illustrations. The bindings themselves were of
gold tooled velvet, vellum or morocco. Ferrar died
in 1636, but the community continued on for
another 20 years.
Little Gidding was an abused term among dealers
and historians of bookbinding, just as with Mearne
and Ève, and at one time virtually any
English embroidered binding of the early 17th
century was called Little Gidding. (132 , 165 )