Paris: Robert Estienne, 1549. Two volumes. 3 1/2 x 5 inches. (8.7 x 12.5 cm). 528, 359, (3) pages--all lightly ruled in red. The title page is hinged in. Circa 1800 gold-tooled straight grain red morocco, with marbled pastedowns, all edges gilt. Spines a bit darkened, joints a bit rubbed, contents near fine. Protected by a cloth folding case. Item #3433
The first book printed in Claude Garamond's "cicero" font, the smallest of the three sizes of the "grecs du roi" types--one of the finest ever cut (Proctor and Scholderer). With foliated initials and head pieces; Estienne's device on both title pages and a different device on the final page. A very handsome book. A note written in French and tipped to the free end paper speaks not only of the rarity and preciousness, but also of the superb typography.
Count Dmitry Petrovich Boutourlin, an outstanding c.19 Russian book collector and Librarian of the Imperial Russian Library. His personal library held an almost complete collection of Aldine editions and a complete collection of books from the Bodoni Press. (His armorial bookplate on the pastedown has a much later name in "R. H. Cheney E. C.")
A manuscript note in French is tipped to the fly leaf.
J. R. M Butler and H. M. Butler (Master of Trinity College) received the books as a wedding gift from Sir Walter Leaf. (Note in Butler's hand, laid in.)
Schreiber 90. Mortimer 74. Adams B 1656.