A Dream of Fair Women by Lord Alfred Tennyson. Sangorski & Sutcliffe, Bindery. "blocked in gilt in an elaborate and detailed floral design with red onlays and inset with 5 garnet cabochons and 6 turquoise cabochons" Rare Edition, Illuminated Manuscript, Bejeweled Book, Beautiful Book Binding, Art,
In the late Middle Ages a type of portable book evolved that we call a girdle book, implying that it could be carried tucked into a girdle or belt. With the founding of mendicant religious orders like the Franciscans, and with the increasing interest in pilgrimages, there came a need for portable books of personal devotion such as breviaries and prayerbooks.
A Roman Army Knife. This tool, dating to the third century Roman Empire, includes a fork, a spoon, a pick, a spike (possibly for eating snails, a then-popular food), and a knife (folded down in this particular image). It is made of silver and iron.