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Book - Bibliothecae historicae, libri XVII

Bibliothecae historicae, libri XVII

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Basel (published)
    England (binding)

  • Date:

    1548 (published)
    1630 - 1640 (binding)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 58b, case 4

Physical description

Printed book, bound in dark brown calf leather, tooled in gold to a panel and strap-work design and semé with heraldic leopards, stars, heraldic roses, fleurs-de-lis, and apart from other decorative florets, with the armorial crests (some within the Garter ribbon) of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter. Lettered in Greek and with the repeated name of Cecil. The back, with six raised bands, blind ruled, gold tooled with florets, and with a red lettering piece. Stained edges, the bottom inscribed 'Diodorus Siculus'.

Place of Origin

Basel (published)
England (binding)


1548 (published)
1630 - 1640 (binding)


Height: 325 mm, Width: 215 mm, Thickness: 36 mm

Descriptive line

Book, Bibliothecae historicae, libri XVII, by Diodorus Siculus, Basel, 1548.

Labels and date

with tail-edge inscription
Between 1630 and 1640, for Diodorus
Siculus, Bibliotheca historica, 1548
This book has the author’s name written on its tail-edge.
This indicates that it was stored flat on a shelf facing outward, as
seen in this portrait of Peter Gillis painted in 1517. By the
end of the 17th century, books were generally stored upright
on bookshelves with the spines facing outwards, as we do today.

Brown calf skin with gold stamping and tooling
Bound in England
Given by Henry J.B. Clements
Museum no. L.1201-1948 [12/12/2018]


Calf leather; Paper


Gold tooling; Stamped


National Art Library; Bookbinding; British Galleries


National Art Library

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