Citron goatskin, bound for Thomas Mahieu, c. 1550

Dionysus de Burgo
Commentarium in Valerium Maximum
[Strassburg: The R-Printer (Adolf Rusch?), not after 1475]

Gold tooling was practiced in Morocco in the thirteenth century, and made its way to Europe along established trade routes through northern Italy. By the early sixteenth century gold-tooled bindings had spread across Europe, and their adoption for a number of Renaissance collectors made them synonymous with discernment and learning. Thomas Mahieu, the commissioner of this example, was Secretary to Queen Cathérine de’ Medici and treasurer of France for the Languedoc. Mahieu was a friend and protégé of Jean Grolier (1479–1565), one of the key figures in this circle of Renaissance book collectors.

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