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Some of the motifs on these bindings are nearly unbiquitous, such as these palmette rolls:
Using the RTI software, it is possible to simulate different light sources and decipher the content of text and images:
APSORBTA EST MORS [IN VICTORIA]
"Death was swallowed up [in victory]"
"When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortal, then the saying that is written will come true: 'Death has been swallowed up in victory'." 1 Corinthians 15:54
Sometimes the decoration on a binding can give clues to where it was made or who owned it.
The stamp on Institutionum includes the following coats of arms:
Arms of the Holy Roman Emperor (left)
Greater and Lesser Arms of the City of Nuremberg (center and right)
Ayd-buch compared with a rubbing from a 16th Century binding in the Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve
Institutiones imeriales with an exact match of the decorative roll of David and Goliath from a book in Einbanddatenbank
Commentarius D. Huberti Giffani with an exact match of the stamps of Lady Justice and Lucretia from a 16th century binding of a text by Antonius liberalis in the British Library
Institutionum compared with a similar coat of arms on a binding of a 16th century copy of Vesalius's Anatomy, held by the Nuremberg State Library, in Einbanddatenbank