Girdle book

A small portable book. attached to a girdle or belt.

A small portable book. attached to a girdle or belt. Girdle books were most often Books of Hours or prayer books carried for devotional purposes (especially by wealthy women) and frequently had high-quality metalwork bindings. They were particularly popular during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Notebooks and sets of small wax tablets were also worn on the belt. See also Vade mecum.

  • French:
    Livre-aumôničre
  • Italian:
    Legatura a borsetta

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