GREGORIUS I (Saint, c. 540-604, Pope 590-604). Moralia, sive Expositio in Job. [Cologne: Conrad Winters, de Homborch, c.1476].
Royal 2° (360 x 257mm). Collation: [1-1410 1510(1+1) 168 17-1810 198 20-2110 228 23-2710 288 29-3110 328 3310 348] (1/1r blank, 1/1v register, 3/1r blank, 3/1v 'De inventione librorum Moralium', 3/2r letter addressed to Leandrus, Bp. of Seville, 3/3r text, 34/8v blank). 329 leaves. 58 lines, double column. Type: 1:99G. 7- to 12-line book initials in interlocking red and blue with magenta Maiblumen penwork decoration highlighted with green, small initials and paragraph marks in red or blue. Some pinholes visible. (Dampstain at lower margin of first two quires, strengthened in first 5 leaves, few small wormholes in first and last quires, 2 leaves lightly browned.) 19th-century calf, foliate roll-tooled border, leather spine labels tooled in gilt with title and coat-of-arms, red edges (minor scuffs and splits at spine). Provenance: contemporary marginal annotations in book X -- armorial on spine.
Third edition. St. Gregory the Great's commentary on Job was one of the most highly regarded and widely read patristic texts of the middle ages and beyond. Interpreting the Book of Job in its literal, allegorical and moral senses, it is a summa of moral ascetism and mysticism. Based on dated uses of the Galliziani paper found elsewhere, Gerardy postulated a printed date of 1476 for this edition (Gerardy, "Gallizianimarke, Krone und Turm...", GBJB, 1971, pp.11-23). HC 7927; GW 11431; BMC I, 246 (IC. 4078); VK 508; Bod-Inc. G-219; BSB-Ink G-317; Goff G-429.