MORATA (OLYMPIA FULVIA) Orationes, Dialogi, Epistolae, Carmina, <font class=smallCaps-bok>first edition</font>, Basle, Peter Pema, 1562
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MORATA (OLYMPIA FULVIA)
Orationes, Dialogi, Epistolae, Carmina, first edition, Basle, Peter Pema, 1562
Sold for £4,000 (US$ 6,628) inc. premium
Lot Details
MORATA (OLYMPIA FULVIA)
Orationes, Dialogi, Epistolae, Carmina, first edition, texts in Greek and Latin, woodcut device on title, full-page dedication on *8 within elaborate woodcut border (just trimmed), single marginal wormhole throughout affecting only the dedication, partly erased inscription on title "Catalogus...1567", and note on flyleaf "...Trotlenub... Euliemus" (abbreviation of the first word apparenly also on title), contemporary Swiss or south German binding of white kid, covers with different plaques in Zwischen gilt oxidised to black, red edges, minor wear, ties missing [Adams M1742; VD16 M6287], 8vo, Basle, Peter Pema, 1562

Footnotes

  • One of a small group of renaissance bindings in white calf. "Nixon (Morgan bindings, no. 36) has given an authoritative survey of sixteenth-century French white bindings, which were to be found in the libraries of Henri II, Diane de Poitiers, the Constable Anne de Montmorency and Jean Grolier" (Hobson, Apollo and Pegasus, p. 78; though he suggests, contra Nixon, that "white is so much more appropriate for a pope than for a king or royal mistress that the idea may well have originated in Rome").

    A similar binding appeared in the Oberndorff sale at Sotheby's in 1955 (lot 163, Schosser, Marchiados, Frankfort, 1562, the binding misdescribed as vellum) which is now Henry Davis Gift, Foot 337. The front cover plaque is similar in design though different in detail to ours. The only other German example of which we are aware was offered in Breslauer's Catalaogue 104 (item 34, 5 Luther titles, Leipzig, 1549-51). It was bought by Otto Schaeffer and described by Manfred von Arnim (Europaische Einbandkunst 46, 1992).
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