The style of the "Harleian" bindings is exemplified nicely by this impressive volume. Although records kept by the Harleian Librarian, Humfrey Wanley (d. 1726), cannot prove that this vellum copy of the 1459 Durandus was owned by the Earl of Oxford, the tooling indicates that it was bound by Christopher Chapman (fl. 1718–1756).
06278. Guillelmus Durandus (1237–1296). Rationale divinorum officiorum. [Mainz]: Johann Fust and Peter Schoeffer, 6 October 1459. Printed on vellum.
Harleian gilt red morocco goatskin
Durand, Guillaume, approximately 1230–1296, Chapman, Christopher, active 1704–1756, binding, and Steel, Jane, active 1715–1720, binding, “06278,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed October 6, 2022, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1518.