Schmalkalden, M. Schmuck 1593.
Small 4to (181 x 146 mm.).  leaves. Woodcut Hesse arms on the title and the final verso.
CONTEMPORARY GILT ARMORIAL PIERCED BINDING COMMISSIONED BY THE AUTHOR COUNT MORITZ OF HESSE from the Schmalkalden binder Hans Bapest, who cut stars, blooms, hearts and bars in the vellum panels to reveal the red silk beneath. Count Moritz’s arms appear in the center of the front panel. Impressed decoration includes three different rolls and a flowering potted plant (center of the rear panel), two rolls repeated on the flat spine, lilies in the compartments, edges gilt and gauffered with flowers and designs, evidence of green linen ties, yellow silk headbands (cords broken, head- and tailbands holding).
Second Edition (first 1590). Known as The Learned, Moritz (1572-1632) worked on this Protestant paraphrase for eleven years, from ages eight to eighteen.
The manuscript title-page and flyleaf inscriptions record the movement of this volume among scholars in the Landgrave’s immediate circle — Reformer and theologian Daniel Tossanus (1541-1602), his son-in-law Theodor Hack and mathematician and chemist Johann Hartmann (1568-1631), who later served as Moritz’s personal physician. In good condition (inner corner of one leaf torn affecting eight letters).
¶Foot, The History of Bookbinding as a Mirror of Society 20 & fig. 30; VD 16 B 3258.