Petri Criniti Commentarii de honesta disciplina.
Pietro Crinito (1456-c.1504)
Place of origin
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Blickling Hall, Norfolk (Accredited Museum)
 p. ; fol. Running number: 6878. Initials hand-painted in blue or red and partially outlined in a darker shade. Provenance: Jean Grolier (1479-1565). Library of Sir Richard Ellys (1682-1742) of Nocton, Lincolnshire. Inscription at head of title page, cropped. Eighteenth-century manuscript book number or inventory number in red crayon or pencil on rear fly-leaf: "A988". Twentieth-century inscription in pencil on front free endpaper: "B 50" and "Lothian". Binding: bound in Paris by Jean Picard (fl. 1540-1547) for Jean Grolier; formerly attributed to Claude de Picques. Full brown goatskin, triple gilt fillet to form a border, gold-tooled with an elaborate design of interlaced strapwork with open and hatched arabesque tools (cf. H.M. Nixon. Bookbindings from the library of Jean Grolier, no. 95, tools C. de P. 24, 27a & b, 36a & b, 69). Interlace and tools originally painted: traces of black paint on interlace, traces of white and green paint on tools. Title 'PETRI CRINITI | COMMENTARII. | DE HONESTA DISCI | PLINA' tooled in gilt in central oval panel on upper cover; Grolier's ownership inscription 'IO. GROLIERII ET AMICORVM' tooled in gilt at foot on upper cover. Grolier's motto 'PORTIO MEA DO | MINE SIT IN | TERRA VI | VENTI | VM' tooled in gilt in central oval panel on lower cover. Surface of covers considerably worn. Traces of two pairs of green silk ties at the foredge (stubs remain). Gilt fillet and floral roll decoration on board edges. Single gilt fillet along turn-ins. Spine rebacked in tan calf, with original plain spine preserved: six raised bands, seven panels, tooled and lettered in seventeenth-century with gilt interlaced and floral decoration in panels 1, 3-6 and title 'PETRI | CRINITI | COMM.' in panel 2. Gilt edges. Manuscript waste wrapped around spine and pasted onto inner boards. Original pastedowns and endpapers missing. Pencil inscription in the hand of Cecil Clarabut (the National Trust's first Libraries Adviser) on front free endpaper: "Repaired at Cambridge, 1955". Stored in brown buckram book box.
Makers and roles
Pietro Crinito (1456-c.1504), author Riccardini, Benedetto, editor Filippo Giunta (1450-1517), printer Jean Grolier (1479-1565), original owner