Liber Psalmorvm Cvm Canticis Et Hymnis Jvssv Reginæ Matris Impressvs.

Paris, A. L’Angelier, 1586. Two parts in one volume. 12mo (154 x 90 x 51 mm.). Roman type (?119; 17 ll.=101), printed in red & black throughout, woodcut initials, typographic & woodcut ornaments, divisional title in red & black. Etched architectural title with royal ciphers & symbols, full-figure etched plates of St. Catherine of Alexandria (patroness of Catherine de’ Medici) and King David (?Henri III), 412, [7], [1 blank] leaves. CONTEMPORARY BROWN GILT CALF DECORATED WITH NINETEEN INDIVIDUAL TOOLS IN THE DUODO-STYLE (minor loss of leather along the rear upper edge), three double-rule frames separated by olive branch, trefoil and curvilinear tools and a floral roll. Twenty-one ovals fill the central field — the Holy Spirit, a thistle, carnation, lily, acorn or dove in each; interstices with S fermés, tiny quatrefoils and open circles; flat spine in a single compartment with the same decor as the panels with additional tools, the base and crown with short rules on the bias, gilt ruled board edges, all edges gilt. “FAITE POUR L’USAGE DE LA COUR À LA DEMANDE DE CATHERINE DE MÉDICIS” (Balsamo) and demonstrating sympathy and support for her son, Henri III. In 1586 he commissioned an equally sumptuous Psalter for private distribution and had the edition bound by Clovis Ève, who also clothed several copies of the present Psalms. At least half the ?fourteen known examples of this edition survive in elaborate bindings. Here the panel decor is that favored by the Venetian ambassador to Paris, Pietro Duodo (1554-1611), and is named after him. The subtle handling of the outer border and of the tiny tools in the central field show high craftsmanship. Then quite chic, the S fermé symbolizes love (sage, seul, secret, soucieux). The original owner remains anonymous. The central oval reserved for his arms or cipher is blank. Brun considers the etchings “gravés très delicatement”. Fresh condition (one lower corner neatly restored).Balsamo & Simonin, Abel L’Angelier 163; Delaveau & Hillard, Bibles imprimées du XVe au XVIIIe siècle 3417; Bibliothèque nationale, Enrichissements 1961-1973 (1974) 1051; Brun, Le Livre français illustré de la Renaissance 130 & 278. For similar Duodo-style decor see Nixon’s Sixteenth-Century Gold-Tooled Bookbindings in the Pierpont Morgan Library 59 and Esmerian’s Bibliothèque I (6.VI.1972) 59-61 and Hobson & Culot’s Italian and French 16th-Century Bookbindings 68-9, especially 69 (used for the outside front of the dust jacket = Wittock, Collection (7.X.2005) 20). Item #8537

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