Details from the rear cover of the Lindau Gospels.

Gilt silver, enamel, and jeweled bookcover

[Probably Salzburg, ca. 760–90]

Earlier binding used as lower cover on Lindau Gospels, Abbey of St. Gall, Switzerland, late ninth century

350 x 275 mm

Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1901; MS M. 1


A book cover that looks like jewelry. And it’s over a thousand years old! Awesome.