CLENARDUS, Nicolaus. Institutiones ac meditationes in Graecam linguam. Edited by P. Antesignanus and F. Sylburgius. Frankfurt: heirs of Andreas Wechel, Claud Marnius and Joannes Aubry, 1590.
3 parts in one volume, 4° (256 x 171mm). Woodcut title device, woodcut initials. (Worm hole affecting text in later quires, more noticeably from 2K to 20 of part three.) CONTEMPORARY GILT-TOOLED CALF BY WILLIAMSON OF ETON, covers with border of gilt and blind fillets with a rosette at corners and large acorn tool at angles, inner panel of repeated fillets with blocked corner-pieces and the device of an olive tree at centre, one branch supporting a tablet with the motto 'Noli altum sapere', smooth spine divided into eleven panels with repeated floral star as centre ornament, red speckled edges (spine restored and torn at head, joints rubbed and slightly cracking, front inner hinges split). Provenance: W.J. Corfield (bookplate); C.W. Dyson Perrins (bookplate, sold Sotheby's, March 10, 1947, lot 600, to Foyle for £48).
Later edition in a HANDSOME BINDING BY WILLIAMSON OF ETON, with his memorable 'Noli altum sapere' device.This was based on the Estienne device, but adopted by the booksellers Bonham and John Norton and in some cases used by the binder for their books. The Williamson binding reproduced in Bearman and Krivatsy Fine and Historic Bindings from the Folger Shakespeare Library, 1992, 2:4, has the device on the covers and the same star tool on the spine. Williamson, who is probably the Vincent Williamson apprenticed to George Singleton, stationer, on March 7, 1603, is referred to in Eton College records up to 1621. His customers were evidently lucky to find him sober. Sir Dudley Carleton wrote from Eton in 1608: 'We have here a good workman, but he hath commonly his hands full of worke, and his head full of drinck, yet I had as leve venture my worke with this good fellow that is sometime sober, as with them that are always mad' (quoted by Nixon and Foot The History of Decorated Bookbinding in England, p. 52). Adams C-2157.