A classic seventeenth-century Spanish fan-and-wheel binding inspired my binding of Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey (New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1929). The volume that was my muse is in the Scheide Library at Princeton University (Ms. 50). It’s a carta de hidalguia, granted by Carlos II of Spain in 1672 to Joseph Garcia de Zerbantes of Salamanca. My binding uses the convention of the Spanish fan-and-wheel binding as its starting point. I placed the wheel across the spine, rather than center front and center back, then broke that wheel to symbolize the broken bridge of the novel.