illustration A HEADBAND consisting
of strips of skin, usually alum-tawed and stained
pink. The plaited headband, while rare in English
fine bindings, is common in German examples of the
late 15th and early 16th centuries. It represents
the strongest type of headband ever constructed.
Two thongs were plaited around a former of rolled
vellum which was already sewn to the text block.
In addition, the thongs were threaded through
holes made in the leather at the head of the spine
where it was cut off instead of being turned in.
The closely formed and set appearance of these
headbands indicate that the thongs were worked
while wet. (236 )