In commodu[m] ruralium.

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PML 191
Crescenzi, Pietro de', approximately 1233-approximately 1320.
[Speyer] : [Peter Drach], [about 1490-1495]
[1], ii-Cliii, [5] : illus. (woodcuts) ; 29 cm (fol.)
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Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

Title from half-title page (leaf A1r): Petri de crescentiis Civis Bononien[sis]. in commodu[m] ruralium cum figuris libri duodecim.
Explicit (leaf b5v): Gloria deo.
Printed in Drach's types 13:80G and 19:155G.
Collation: A⁸ B-Q⁶ R⁸ S-Z, a-b⁶; [c]⁴: 158 leaves.
Paper format: Chancery folio
313 woodcuts.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 28.3 x 20.2 cm.

Contemporary blind-stamped English calf over wooden boards (30 x 21.5 cm), sewn on 3 supports; repaired and rebacked by Duprez Lahey. Plain paper pastedowns and fly leaves; plain endbands. 2 clasps, wanting.
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Checklist title: Opus ruralium commodorum


Hand decoration: Initials added in a later hand. Annotations: English names of some of the plants (perhaps by Monforde), 15th/16th century. 17th-century inscription identifying printer as Johann de Westphalia of Louvain in 1473 (leaf A1r).

Thomas Monforde, inscription, 16th/17th century (leaf A1r); Alexander Geekie (b. 4 July 1655), surgeon of London, inscriptions, 17th/18th century (front fly leaf recto and A1r), Geekie's will (17 May 1724) left his library to the parish of Kettins, Scotland; several abraded inscriptions (leaf A1r); Charles Spencer (1675-1722), third Earl of Sunderland, shelfmarks: M 7.17 (crossed out) and 108 E.12 (front fly leaf verso); John Winston Spencer-Churchill (1822-1883), 7th Duke of Marlborough; Bibliotheca Sunderlandia sale, Puttick & Simpson, 17 April 1882, no. 3552 (identifying printer to Johann de Westphalia, Louvain), to Quaritch: Sunderland Library Blenheim Palace bookplate, purchased Dec. 1881 (front pastedown); William Morris (1834-1896), Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, booklabel (front pastedown) and bibliographic description by Sydney Cockerell tipped-in (rear fly leaf verso); Richard Bennett (1849-1930), armorial bookplate (rear pastedown) and price code: wo/-/- +___ (front fly leaf recto); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.