Parisian Greek-Style Binding for Marcus Fugger
On: Plato. Opera (Greek). Basel: Johann Walder, 1534
Purchased with the assistance of the Fellows, 1951
This exceptionally elaborate and splendid binding was created for Marcus, or Marx, Fugger (1529–1597), a member of the Augsburg banking family, who shared the family’s passion for learning, the arts, and elegance. It is abundant in its luxury, especially considering that the ensemble has been made up entirely of very small tools, repeated endlessly. Gommar Estienne, the royal binder at Paris, 1555–59, is probably responsible for this tour de force.