The earliest surviving European bookbinding is the St Cuthbert Gospel of about 700, in red goatskin, now in the British Library , whose decoration includes raised patterns and coloured tooled designs. Very grand manuscripts for liturgical rather than library use had covers in metalwork called treasure bindings , often studded with gems and incorporating ivory relief panels or enamel elements. Very few of these have survived intact, as they have been broken up for their precious materials, but a fair number of the ivory panels have survived, as they were hard to recycle; the divided panels from the Codex Aureus of Lorsch are among the most notable. The 8th century Vienna Coronation Gospels were given a new gold relief cover in about 1500, and the Lindau Gospels (now Morgan Library , New York) have their original cover from around 800. 
Eventually Janet returned, inspected the rugs and told me I was a ‘good boy,’ as she rinsed out the tub with cold water. Then she told me how she had laid a trail for my having abandoned her. She had taken my car and driven to the airport where she parked it in the long term lot. Then she took the shuttle to the departure terminal, slipped into a bathroom where she donned her ‘disguise’. She wore my bulky leather jacket and a scarf which she used to hide the bottom of her face. Large sun glasses hid her eyes and eyebrows. She pulled her hair back through a baseball cap which she pulled low over her forehead. To hide her long feminine fingers she wore a pair of my work shop gloves as she used my bank card to draw $500 (our daily maximum) from an airport ATM (Automatic Teller Machine or what Europeans call a Bank Machine).