In principio

IN PRINCIPIO. At the beginning this is frequently used in citations; as Bac. Ab. Legacies, in pr.

References in classic literature ?
True, no doubt," said Don Fernando, "for which reason, Senor Don Quixote, you ought to forgive him and restore him to the bosom of your favour, sicut erat in principio, before illusions of this sort had taken away his senses.
The particularity of La Rocca's haunting messages is elaborated in in principio erat, an expressive book published in two versions, in 1971 and 1975, and containing dose-up photographs of hands in varied gestures.
Gillo Dorfles, Ketty La Rocca: in principio erat, exhibition catalogue, Dortmund: Museum am Ostwall, 1975, n.