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Binding.- Crescentiis (Petrus de) De omnibus agriculturae partibus, & de Plantarum animaliumq; natura & utilitate lib. xii, collation: a6 A-Kk6 (lacking final blank), woodcut device on title, dedication leaf within fine woodcut architectural border, woodcut initials and numerous woodcut illustrations in text, a few ink annotations, some light foxing and soiling, contemporary blind-stamped calf over bevelled wooden boards, bound for Sigismund II, King of Poland (probably by David of Cracow) with his circular arms on upper cover within elaborate and ruled borders, the outer border incorporating portraits of Erasmus, Melancthon and others, the lower cover to a similar design but with central panel lettered "Sigismundi Augusti Regis Poloniae Monumentum Anno 1563", spine in compartments with 4 raised bands, clasps renewed, corners and spine ends repaired but overall the binding in excellent condition, folio (297 x 194mm., binding 324 x 220mm.), Basle, Heinrich Petrus, 1548.

⁂ Sigismund II (1520-72), the last Jagiellon king of Poland, who united Livonia and the Duchy of Lithuania with Poland, but died childless after 3 marriages.

Provenance: "Ce Livre appartient a Pierre Jacques Sassaer" (ink inscription at foot of title).
Rothamsted acquisition date not noted.

Literature: Hunt 58; Simon BG 412; Adams C2390

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Binding.- Crescentiis (Petrus de) De omnibus

Estimate £4,000 - £6,000
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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing