Vives, Joannes Ludovicus
Excitationes animi in Deum … — Lyon 1550480 €
Excitationes animi in Deum … — Apud Seb. Gryphium Lugduni, 1550 [Lyon, Seb. Gryphius].
12mo (116 x 72 mm). a-x8: 336 p. Ruled in red throughout. Contents toned. Lacking endpapers. Several Exlibris on paste-down, name and scribblings on title.
Contemporary calf, some restorations; gauffered edges. Gryphius’ griffin and an unidentified blind stamp on both covers; seems to be an early publisher’s binding. Princeton (GRY 555.07) shows a binding with a „Griffin tool on the front cover of a Gryphius imprint“, but this tool to me shows a lion, and has nothing to do with the device of the Gryphius shop. The Gryphius device shows a griffin – a reference to his original German name Gryff – holding an ashlar with is right claw; to the bottom of the ashlar a winged globe is fixed by a chain. The device is surrounded by a motto from Cicero: Virtute duce, comite fortuna. Virtus is represented by the ashlar, Fortuna by the winged globe; together with the griffin (i.e. Gryphius himself) the device says: I live and act under the leadership of virtue accompanied by luck. The binding is – at least to me – a rare example of binding with the publisher’s signet stamped on both covers. I don’t know of any other 16th century publishers to have practised this way. – Estelrich no. 86.