SCALIGER, Joseph Justus (1540-1609). De emendatione temporum. Leyden: Officina Plantiniana, Francis Raphelengius, 1598.
2° (349 x 218). Roman, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, and other types. Woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut illustrations, diagrams, and initials. Letterpress tables in the text. Letterpress cancellans slip on 3O3r. (Some variable browning and offsetting, marginal worming on quires \Ka\k-O, worming on quires 3D-e.)
BINDING: contemporary calf gilt, boards with arms of Méry de Vic [Olivier 471, fer 1] and triple-fillet borders, spine gilt à la fanfare with floral, foliate and leafy-spray tools, lettered in gilt, gilt edges (minor chipping and worming on boards, rebacked retaining original spine, skilful repairs to board edges and corners).
PROVENANCE: Méry de Vic, seigneur d'Ermenonville (binding, and by descent to his son:) -- Dominique de Vic (his collection sold in 1676) -- early manuscript shelfmark on lower pastedown -- [?]18th-century engraved bookplate on upper pastedown, arms excised.
A BINDING FOR MéRY DE VIC (D.1622), SEIGNEUR D'ERMENONVILLE AND GARDE DES SCEAUX DE FRANCE, WITH A FANFARE SPINE. Described by Olivier as 'un grand bibliophile', Méry de Vic was appointed maître des requêtes in 1581, président of the Parlement of Toulouse in 1597 and garde des sceaux de France in 1621. Upon his death in 1622, his library--which included some 3,000 volumes from Grolier's (for one of which, see lot 118)--was inherited by his son Dominique de Vic (c.1588-1662), who was appointed Archbishop of Corinthe in 1625 and Archbishop of Auch in 1629. The binding of this volume is very similar to another executed in the same style, with plain boards decorated only with de Vic's arms and a gilt triple-fillet border, and spines gilt à la fanfare -- St Bonaventure's Opera (Rome: 1588-96; Maggs Bros cat. 489, no. 84, p. XLIII, stated to be by Clovis Eve). The spines of both bindings deploy a number of identical tools in a similar disposition, with a central oval cartouche balanced by rectangular cartouches on the upper and lower portions, the superior titled and the inferior decorated. This 'fanfare-backed' style is also employed -- in a somewhat different format, maintaining the characteristic fanfare spine and plain boards bearing only arms and a border of fillets, but augmented with his monograms as cornerpieces -- on the binding of Méry de Vic's copy of Aimoin's Historiae Francorum, Paris, 1567 (Hobson/Culot2, 71). Adams S-568.