De Historia Plantarum.
[Lyon: Balthasar de Gabiano,
Another Cambridge binding by Nicholas Spierinck on a piracy of Aldus’s 1504 Aristotle, this copy using printed as well as manuscript binding material. The board laminate is composed of leaves from the Mammotrectus super Bibliam printed in Strassburg in ca. 1478. As a French piracy of an Italian book bound in England with German printed waste paper, this volume stands as evidence of the breadth of the book trade in the early 16th century. With an early ownership note of Henry Joliffe (ca. 1505–1573), a student at Cambridge from 1522 through 1538, and the last Marian Dean of Bristol.
From the collection of G. Scott Clemons.