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M. Val. Martialis Ex Museo Petri Scriverii
Apud Guihelm Ianssonium, Amsterdam 1621 - 32mo. (113 x 58 mm). 318 pp. including engraved title-page depicting cupids and satyrs. Contemporary Parisian binding by the Atelier Mace Ruette: red morocco elegantly gilt with superb assurance, centers inlaid with olive morocco, five raised bands on spine (beautifully rebacked), a.e.g. comb-marbled endpapers and pastedowns (inscription on verso of front endpaper erased), ruled in red throughout. In excellent condition. Fine contemporary Parisian binding, securely attributable to the Atelier Mace Ruette. Our example is gilt with the same tools and identical design as Esmerian (2nd sale) no. 8 (Smith, De Republica Anglorum, 1625) and No. 11 (Emmius, Graecorum Respublicae, 1632), both of which were printed by Elzevier, and bound by Ruette for H.-L. Habert de Montmort, Conseiller au Parlement de Paris. Mace Ruette (1584-1638) apprenticed to Dominique Salie and by 1606 he had opened his own shop. In 1629 he was appointed "administrateur de la Confrerie des libraires, imprimeurs et relieurs," which he served until 1634, at which time he succeeded Clovis Eve as "relieur ordinaire du Roi." Ruette was also a publisher of equal distinction, but he is best known as a binder who began experimenting with pointille tooling ca. 1620, a style of decoration that was to become a major feature of French bindings for decades. Upon Ruette's death in 1638 the post of "relieur du Roi" passed to his son Antoine. This volume has a very significant provenance: "Stanley 1813" (pencil inscription on first blank leaf), i.e. Col. Thomas Stanley (his sale, London, Evans, 30 April 1813, lot 195). Stanley (1749-1818) was an early and important English collector of bookbindings who was one of Roger Payne's main patrons. -- Purchased from the Stanley sale by W. Clark -- Chas. Bain Hoyt (leather armorial bookplate inside front cover). Hoyt (1889-1949), of New York City, was a great collector of Oriental pottery and porcelain, paintings, and prints; he was a major benefactor of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. -- Irving Halpern 1988 (pencil inscription on final blank). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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