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Description This book has an original Grolier binding and comes from Jean Grolier's own library. At the bottom edge of the front cover, the words "IO GROLIERII ET AMICORUM" can be seen tooled in gold, meaning "of Jean Grolier and friends." This phrase appears on many Grolier bindings, alluding to Grolier's habit of lending books from his library. This book may have been bound in the workshop of Claude de Picques, whom Grolier patronized in the 1540s.
  • Bookbindings from the Gilded Age. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance Owned by Jean Ballesdens, France, 17th century [1]. A. Firmin-Didot, France, probably early 19th century [2]. Double Collection, France, mid-19th century (sold at Double Collection Sale, Paris, 1863, no. 346) [3]. Acquired by Walters Art Museum, 1941. [1] Signature in front cover [2] Bookplate in front cover [3] Bookplate in front cover
Credit Museum Acquisition, 1941

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ink on paper bound between boards covered with goatskin and gold
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 6 11/16 × W: 4 × W: 13/16 in. (16.99 × 10.16 × 2 cm)
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