Madrid: Antonio Marin, 1770. First Edition. 4to. (230 x 156 mm). , 174,  pp. Contemporary Spanish "cat's paw" patterned calf with gilt spine, very light wear to corners and joints, front flyleaf has been pasted to pastedown, making the first blank the new flyleaf. Contents extremely fresh and clean, a beautiful work typographically. Very good. Item #3498
NO CATS WERE USED in the creation of this remarkably well preserved Spanish "Cat's Paw" calf binding from ca. 1770. These are described by Etherington & Roberts as an "acid-stain pattern on a calfskin binding, somewhat resembling the paw marks of a cat." This method was achieved by means of a sponge, dabbed onto the leather. This design is actually made with various types of stains, applied in the binder’s workshop without the aid of a willing cat accomplice.
The paper stock in our copy is amazingly clean despite the fact that it is 251 years old. The text is Colluthus' poem "The Rape of Helen" in Greek, Latin and Spanish. Colluthus (of Lycopolis in Egypt) was an epic poet who wrote in Greek at the beginning of the 6th century AD; this is one of his only surviving works.
Contemporary inscription on title: "Johannis M. Honercamp."