Chained book

A book whose binding carries a staple and chain for attachment to a desk or lectern, on which the book was read. The presence of a staple and chain generally denotes institutional ownership by a college or ecclesiastical establishment (for example, the chained library at Hereford Cathedral).


Michelle Brown
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    Kettenbuch

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    liber catenatus

Michelle Brown. Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, c1994).