Patrick Olson, our colleague who you may recognize from our Staxpeditions YouTube channel, has left Iowa for a position at another University (Michigan State). To say goodbye, we asked him to tell us about his favorite books that he acquired for Special Collections while at the University of Iowa.
His first answer:
Siculus Diodorus’s Bibliotheca Historica printed by Sebastianus Gryphius — one of the great Lyonese printers — in 1552: http://infohawk.uiowa.edu/F/?func=find-b&find_code=SYS&local_base=UIOWA&request=007441473
"It’s a rare example of a 16th-century trade binding with the printer’s device gilt-stamped on the binding itself. We know that it was perfectly common for printers and booksellers to have copies of books available ready-bound, and plenty of those trade bindings still exist. But the average trade binding, especially if simply decorated, can be difficult to distinguish from similar bespoke bindings. The printer’s device on the cover of this book book tells us with near certainty that that particular copy sat ready-bound in the printer’s shop (the most reasonable alternative being that it was bound for the printer’s private library).
And isn’t there something magical about seeing a printer’s device on the binding, not just on the title page or at the end of the text?”
(Colleen adds…) Also, also, also - I think maybe “Sebastianus Gryphius” is an alias for Godric Gryffindor’s secret life as a muggle printer!?!?!?!
You can see Patrick’s other favorite “The Deep” by Kevin Steele on our latest YouTube video HERE (was also featured in THIS Tumblr post).
If you have enjoyed Patrick’s contributions to our YouTube channel, you could leave a note on the YouTube page?