Fine binding - Commentarii in Evangelicam Historiam, & in Acta Apostolorum.
Author: Salmeron, Alfonso Year: 1602 Publisher: Cologne; apud Antonium Hierat, et Ioannem Gymnicum Category: Website reference service
Vol. 8 only (of 16), folio 320 x 211 mm. Title page with a Christogram vignette, some minor worming in the last 20 pages.
Magnificent, very early 17th century binding; elaborately blindstamped panelled dark calf over wooden boards. Boards blindstamped; outer border with double blind fillets, floral rolls within double blind fillets around a panel with heads and alternating figures of cones and acanthus leaves, below and over blank panels and within double fillets as well. Finally in the centre decorated lozenges in between and around blank panels divided by fillets. The clasps gone but the catches still on the frontboard and three decorative fleuron plugs per missing clasp on the backboard of which the upper one still holds a small part of what was once a part of the brass clasp. The spine divided by five raised bands, containing two cords each, in six compartments with the remnant of a label in the top compartment.