[SEVENTEENTH CENTURY SCHOOLBOOK]. CULMAN, Leonardum [Leonard CULMANN] (author). Sententiae Pueriles Pro Primis Latinae Linguae tyronibus, ex diverlis Scriptoribus collectae. Londini: Excudebat J.C. pro Societate Stationariorum. 1680.
8vo. Early vellum covers, handstitched to spine and edges, over original purple paper wrappers, neatly housed in a twentieth-century beige cloth-covered fall-down-back box handsomely lettered in gilt to spine and lined with fleece; pp. [ii] + 45 + [i]; title-page with woodcut border and two decorative woodcut banners to prelims; externally heavily soiled, buckled, rubbed and worn with contemporary ink scribbles, drawings and manuscript calligraphy to both outer and inner covers, the original purple wrappers faded, soiled, and edge-worn with substantial juvenile ink markings including a manuscript inscription "Thomas Gibson, His own Book, God gave him Grace on it to look" and other manuscript additions, in ink, by both James and Thomas Gibson including a full alphabet and a neat sketch of a turkey alongside "Thomas Gibson's book 1729", internally showing considerable signs of use and heavily annotated in various juvenile hands to almost all margins including biblical sayings, an alphabet, sketches, and other marks, including the signature of Thomas Richardson; with ink spotting and blotting throughout, corner creases, and an irregular (almost closed) tear to centre of one leaf with loss of a couple of letters and a marginal chip.
A seventeenth-century edition of this popular Latin schoolbook which was first published on the continent of Europe in 1540. This volume of proverb lore was one of the two most popular Latin text books of its day and was an important source book for Shakespeare who was, apparently, familiar with it from childhood.