A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
John Keats, Endymion 1818
Doublure in Levant Morocco, with inlay and tooling. By Robert Riviere and Son, Sometime after 1880.
A doublure is a bookbinding term, from the French doublure, that describes an ornamental or decorative lining on the inside of a book. This one is made with an unidentified “quality leather,” probably goat skin, that is particularly soft or pliable and ideal for bookbinding work.
Update: Image is from Holme, Charles. 1914. The art of the book. London: “The Studio” Ltd. p.95. Our Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library has a 1920 book on an exhibit by Riviere & Son at the Leipzig Exhibition in 1914, also full of wonderfully elaborate bookbindings.
Just a reminder:the natural diet of these birds is BONES. Not just bone marrow; actual bone shards. They pick up huge freaking bones from carcasses and drop them onto rocks until they get spiky pieces and then they swallow them. Their stomach acid dissolves bone.
look me in the eye and tell me that’s not a fucking dragon
And they aren’t naturally red like that. That’s self-applied makeup. They find the reddest earth they can to work into their feathers as a status symbol.
And they don’t scavenge other parts of carcases, just the bones. 85-90% of their diet is exclusively bone. Hence why it’s only a myth that these birds would just pick up whole lambs and carry them off. It’s not true, but in German they’re still called Lämmergeier as a result.
They are so metal they’re practically wearing armor.