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BINDING - SPANISH
A fine Spanish seventeenth century noble binding, containing a trio of works which demonstrate the owner's interest in Greek texts. For a similar binding with the same arms and using the same tools, see Sotheby's, 8 July 2008, lot 18. Other books are also recorded as having been bound in this fashion for Ramirez de Guzman, who was viceroy of Naples from 1637 to 1644. The motto 'Revoluta foecundata only seems to have been used by Guzman after his return to Spain in 1645.
The Homerocentra has been extracted from the first edition of a collection of early Christian poetry (described by Renouard as "infiniment rare et precieuse", with few complete copies remaining). It comprises the Editio princeps of the Homeric Centos of the fifth century East Roman Empress Eudocia. This section was printed using, for the first time, a system developed by Aldus for interleaving the Greek and Latin sheets to give parallel texts.