• Valuable Manuscripts and Print auction at Christies

    Sale 7760

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    24 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 56

    GRIMALDI -- GUEVARA, Antonio de (d.1545?). Vita di M. Aurelio Imperadore, translated from Spanish into Italian (Tuscan) by Mambrino Roseo. Venice: Bartolomeo Imperadore and Francesco Venetiano, 1544.

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    GRIMALDI -- GUEVARA, Antonio de (d.1545?). Vita di M. Aurelio Imperadore, translated from Spanish into Italian (Tuscan) by Mambrino Roseo. Venice: Bartolomeo Imperadore and Francesco Venetiano, 1544.

    8° (157 x 99mm). Italic type. Woodcut printer's device on title. (Occasional light spotting, without final two blanks.) AN APOLLO AND PEGASUS BINDING FOR GRIMALDI BY MARCANTONIO GUILLERY: Roman gold-tooled red morocco over thin pasteboard, sides panelled with blind and gilt fillets, horizontal Apollo and Pegasus medallion impressed at centre, motto lettered around the edge and title lettered above, foliate tools, gilt edges (rebacked, front cover and headcap coming loose, touches of gold added, restorations at corners and edges, new endpapers, small stains). Provenance: Giovanni Battista Grimaldi (binding) -- J.T. Payne (inscription dated 1850; sale Sotheby's, 10 April 1878, lot 4) -- Thomas Shadford Walker (sale, Sotheby's 23 June 1886, lot 267) -- Joannes Gennadius (sale, 18 March 1895, lot 1997) -- Robert Hoe (monogram stamp and bookplate; sale New York, 8 January 1912, lot 170) -- Thore Virgin, acquired 16 Feb. 1912 (inscription, bookplate; Biblioteca Quarnforsiana, 1947, no. 204) -- Rolf Wistrand, Stockholm.

    Having tantalised generations, the Renaissance bibliophile whose books were adorned with a distinctive Apollo and Pegasus medallion was only identified as the Genoese G.B. Grimaldi in 1975 by Dr. A.R.A. Hobson. Grimaldi instructed the philosopher and poet Claudio Tolomei to form a complete library, suitable to Grimaldi's rank and aspirations. Tolomei had them bound at Rome by three shops, that of Guillery ('the best designer' of the 3 - Hobson) responsible for the majority. G.D. Hobson, Maioli, LVI; Burlington Exhibition, 1891, G6; A.R.A. Hobson, Apollo and Pegasus, no. 64; Adams G-1502.


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    Please note that the front cover and headcap are coming loose.