• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7471

    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts

    14 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 62

    BREVIARY, use of Passau: Breviarium Pataviense. Augsburg: Erhard Ratdolt, 27 November 1490.

    Price Realised  


    BREVIARY, use of Passau: Breviarium Pataviense. Augsburg: Erhard Ratdolt, 27 November 1490.

    Median 2° (332 x 233mm). Collation: \Kp\k10 [i,ii]6 a-d8 e6 f-z8 \\m6 aa-tt8 vv6 A-B8 (\Kp\k1-2r blank, \Kp\k2v preface, large armorial woodcut, \Kp\k3r calendar, tables, \Kp\k10v computus woodcut dated 1490 and text, [i,ii]1r office of St. Stephen, Saturday office of Our Lady, a1r psalter, f1r proper of time and of saints, winter part, \\m6v blank, aa1r proper of saints, summer part, A1r common of saints, B8r colophon, printer's device, B7v-8 blank). 376 leaves (of 378, without first and final blanks). Printed in red and black, red printed first. Large woodcut with coats-of-arms of Öttingen, Schachner and the diocese of Passau printed in red, black and ochre and with the addition of blue by hand, half-page woodcut of a computus dial dated 1490, large Ratdolt device printed in red and black at end, woodcut black-on-white initials. 45 lines and headline, double column. (First and last leaf mounted with tissue on blank side, wormholes, foliation in headline occasionally shaved, narrow marginal reinforcements for index tabs.) Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, panelled with historiated rolls and stamps, title written on spine in 19/20th century (rubbed, wormed, repairs at spine and corners, new endpapers, two fore-edge clasps probably new in part); modern buff paper folding box. Provenance: birth dates added to calendar from 1522-1544 in a German hand -- 16-18th-century annotations -- Stift Mattsee, near Salzburg (stamp) -- [Ferdinand Baron von Neufforge (Versuch einer dt. Bibliothek als Spiegel dt. Kulturentwicklung, 1951, p. 183)].

    Third edition, the second printed by Ratdolt. The Passau breviary occupied Ratdolt's presses through much of 1490. He printed two editions, one on 12 May and the present one on 27 November, and both are known with substantial sections in duplicate typesettings. The edition was originally commissioned by Friedrich (Mauerkircher), Graf von Öttingen, Bishop of Passau, but his death on 3 March 1490 resulted in publication under his successor, Christoph von Schachner; the arms of both men are incorporated into the episcopal woodcut. The present copy corresponds to typesetting A as described by GW. HC *3875; GW 5426; Bohatta 335; Schreiber 3615; BSB-Ink. B-879; NOT IN THE BRITISH LIBRARY; NOT IN GOFF.

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Special Notice

    No VAT on hammer price or buyer's premium.

    Saleroom Notice

    The quires containing the Winter part are supplied from another copy; the final leaf of this section is additionally supplied with the blank half replaced; and the binding is a reimboitage.