Cicero, Marcus Tullius
EPISTOLAE AD ATTICUM, AD BRUTUM, & AD Q. FRATREM. LYON: ANTOINE GRYPHIUS, 1585
16mo (119 x 64mm.), text in italics, woodcut printer's device on title-page, contemporary Italian calf gilt, upper cover lettered TORQUAT CUPIUS with armorial, lower cover lettered IO. BAP. CRESCEN with Crescenzi armorial, spine gilt in compartments, edges gilt and gauffered, modern slipcase, somewhat stained at foot, a few marginal wormholes, lacking 2 pairs of ties; sold as a binding not subject to return
Torquatus de Cupis (or de Cuppis, 1577-1637, a Roman noble and Jesuit who taught at the Collegio Romano, and a supporter of Copernicanism until 1616) and Giovanni Battista Crescenzi (1577-1635, the painter and architect from a noble Roman family), names on binding
Other bindings with both de Cupis and Crescenzi's arms are recorded, for example Davis Gift 356, a Soresini binding from c. 1600-1610. An almost identical binding on the same Lyon edition of Cicero was in the collection of Anton W.M. Mensing (1866-1936) of Amsterdam, and sold at Sotheby's, 15 December 1936, lot 127. It seems that they had two copies of this work bound in this way, perhaps one copy for each of them.
IA 139.764; von Gültlingen XIV, Gryphius 239