4 June 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 4,750
Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
BONAVENTURA (1221-74, Saint). Opuscula. - OCTAVIANUS DE MARTINIS. Oratio in vitam et merita S. Bonaventurae. Strassburg: Martin Flach, 31 October 1489.
Chancery 2° (280 x 199mm). Collation: a-c8 d-g6.8 i6 k-D8.6 E6 F8 G-M8.6 N-S6.8 (a1r title, verso blank, a2r contents, verso blank, a3r text, S7v colophon, S8 blank). 287 leaves (of 288, without final blank); sheet b4.5 misbound as outermost sheet of quire b, with contemporary ms. guides directing the reader to the correct text. 51 lines, double column. Types: 1:175G; 5:80G. 3- to 5-line initial spaces, most with guide-letters, those at the beginning with red initials, red paragraph marks and capital strokes. (Neat paper flaw in one leaf, occasional small stain.) 17th-century German blind-tooled panelled pigskin over reverse-bevelled wooden boards, supralibros at centre of covers of a cardinal's device gilt-tooled on russet leather, russet leather spine label, two brass fore-edge clasps, green edges (endpapers renewed). Provenance: Constance, contemporary purchase? note, and note of ownership of brother Jacobus Vaick (inscriptions trimmed or lightly deleted from title -- unidentified cardinal (binding) -- [Italian bookseller's description pasted in -- red library stamp on front cover] -- CHARLES HAROLD ST. JOHN HORNBY (1867-1946; book-label and bookplate) -- Walter Hirst (bookplate); by descent.
Fourth edition of a compilation of shorter works, both genuine and spurious. Contents of the early editions differ; the present edition includes for the first time the life of St Bonaventura by Octavianus de Martinis but omits 'Laudismus de sancta cruce', which had appeared in the first and third editions. HC *3465; GW 4647; BMC I, 150 (IB. 2137); CIBN B-615; BSB-Ink. B-671; Bod-Inc. B-417; Goff B-927.
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