Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson (1858–1942) ❧ Signed at lower left: EIS del[ineavit]. 1891. ❧ Inscribed on open book: φρονιμος οι όφεις = wise as serpents (cf. Matthew 10:16). Apple in the mouth of the snake inscribed “eritis sicut deus” (“You shall be as god” cf. Genesis 3:5)
On pastedown: Armorial bookplate of Syston Park Library, that of Thorold, John, Sir, 9th bart., 1734–1815 and his son John Hayford Thorold, 10th bart., 1773–1831 of Syston Park, Grantham, Lincs. Also visible is lower portion of the booklabel of Grenville Kane (1854–1943)
In: Marcus Junianus Justinus, Pompei Trogi externae historiae in compendium ab Iustino redactae. Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andreas Torresanus, de Asula soc., January 1522. Call number: (ExKa) Special 1522 Justinus ❧This copy sold at auction of books from the Syston Park Library by Sotheby (London), 12 Dec. 1884, lot 1077, to Sabin, for 18 shillings.