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Galland, Pierre, & Adrien Turnèbe, eds. De agrorum conditionibus, & constitutionibus limitum, Siculi Flacci lib. I. Iulii Frontini lib. I. Aggeni Urbici lib. II. Hygeni Gromatici lib. II. Variorum auctorum ordines finitionum. De iugeribus metiundis. Finium regundorum. Lex mamilia. Coloniarum pop. Romani descriptio. Terminorum inscriptiones & formae. De generibus lineamentorum. De mensuris & ponderibus. Parisiis: Apud Adr. Turnebum typographum regium, 1554. 4to (22.3 cm, 8.75"). , 256, , 20 pp.; 1 plt., illus. $2,750.00
Heavily illustrated first edition of various ancient surveying texts taken from a manuscript that editors Galland and Turnèbe found in the monastery library of Saint-Bertin at Saint-Omer. The Latin text, which incorporates occasional Greek quotations and symbols, is neatly printed in single columns using a larger roman type with woodcut decorative initials, a headpiece with grotesques, and => 134 woodcut illustrations and diagrams, two repeated, in addition to thirteen full-page woodcuts of land measurement and nine pages of recording survey symbols. A section titled "Veteris cuiusdam auctoris de generibus lineamentorum" with separate pagination appears following a sizable index and one-page errata. This copy has the plate Mortimer describes as a pasted extension bound in preceding the applicable leaf (R4r).
Binding: Elegant 19th-century dark green morocco Jansenist style, spine lettered in gilt with raised bands, board edges rolled in gilt with a dash and swirl design, turn-ins with arabesque and double fillet roll in gilt; French curl marbled endpapers, all edges gilt over marbling, rainbow ribbon placemarker still present. Signed on front bottom turn-in by Parisian bookbinder M. Lortic.
Provenance: Bookplate of collector Olin Lake Merriam on front pastedown with ink signature dated 1903 and "+2" on title-page; institutional embossed stamp of the Horticultural Society of New York, also dated 1903, on one text leaf. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams G147; Goldsmiths'-Kress 55; Mortimer, French 16th-Century Books, 244; Schweiger, II, 952. Binding as above, joints and corners rubbed with three scratches to front cover, refurbished; front free endpaper excised, front fly-leaf with pencilled notes. Moderate age-toning throughout with the occasional spot; one shallow chip to margin of title-page and two leaves of text neatly repaired. Provenance indicia as above. An elegantly handsome book with good provenance. (38885) Please RESHELVE This.
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