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Anon
17TH CENTURY ROYAL FRENCH BINDING: Manuscript Scholarly Classics Compendium
France: Anon, 1578. Good condition. Scholarly compendium including numerous classical works, Aesop's fables and a lengthy account of European geography in Latin and Greek, manuscript on paper in Royal French binding [France (Paris), late seventeenth century]. Hardcover, full leather, 220 x 154 mm, 241 leaves (plus doublures), evidently complete, in single column of up to 40 lines in a single scrawling italic hand, titles and some opening words in larger version of same, numerous calligraphic pen swirls, stunning original binding of brown leather over thick pasteboards bound with 5 thongs at spine, gilt-tooled with arms of kings of France (in form of 1578-1790) below a crown and within the collars of the Orders of St. Michel and 'du roi' as central cabouchons, each board also with gilt floral border with large fleur-de-lys set at corner, spine gilt-tooled with fleur-de-lys and foliage in compartments, title "RHETO/RICA", finely marbled doublures, gilt edges decorated with green marbling. Condition: GOOD. Bumped at edges, slight scuffs, some splits at spine, but solid in binding, slight discolouration and a few small spots throughout. Note: This is a curious volume in that its humble contents do not on first impression sit easily with the grandeur of its royal binding. The main contents of this volume are those of a late seventeenth-century scholar (excerpts from Cicero, Coriolanus, with sections on the Roman wars with Carthage, the ancient kings of Prussia and Bithnia, Theodoric the Ostrogoth, Attila the Hun, Nero's crushing of a revolt in Roman Britain, as well as the anima … [Click Below for Full Description]
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