Bindings for a collector using the motto “Patriae et Amicis” (Paul Pfintzing?)
Thirty-seven bindings are now known with the motto “Patriae et Amicis” lettered on their upper covers, the date 1568 (in Roman numerals) on lower covers, and the author’s name on the back. Three such bindings were mentioned by G.D. Hobson in 1926; six were identified by Mirjam Foot in 1975, and Anthony Hobson in 2006 expanded her list to eight.1 None of the volumes offers other evidence of their original owner. Apart from eight works of contemporary history, seven by Paolo Giovio and one by Paolo Emilio, in Latin editions published respectively in 1560-1561 at Basel and in 1555 at Paris, and a Latin edition of Angelo Poliziano’s letters, published in 1546 at Lyon, the books are editions of the Latin classics, printed 1546-1568, predominantly by Sébastien Gryphe at Lyon (19), the remainder from Christophe Plantin at Antwerp (5), and Jérôme de Marnef (2) and Benoît Prévost at Paris (1). Fourteen of the volumes are octavos and the rest duodecimos or sextodecimos.