HONORIUS AUGUSTODUNENSIS (fl.1107-1140). De imagine mundi. [Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1472?].
Chancery 2° (304 x 210 mm). Collation: [1-410 58] (1/1r text, 5/7-8 blank). 47 (of 48, without final blank) leaves. 30 lines. Type: 2:115G. 6- to 8-line initial spaces, paragraph marks and capital strokes in red. (Minor marginal repairs to first leaf, light staining to first and last leaf, some light marginal staining, some light mostly marginal worming.) 19th-century half calf, marbled boards (some rubbing to spine and edges). Provenance: early ink marginalia; Georg Kloss (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of this work on cosmography, geography, astronomy, meteorology and chronology. Parts of it were silently incorporated by Pierre d'Ailly into his own Imago mundi, which was particularly influential for having been closely consulted by Christopher Columbus in preparation for his voyages to the new world. One of the five earliest books printed by the great and prolific Nuremberg printer Anton Koberger, the Honorius was long considered his first book (BMC II, x: “[it] strongly suggests itself for the honour of being the first work of an ambitious printer well supplied with funds”). A recent investigation into this early group has, however, shown by paper evidence that it was the fifth, not the first (see J.I. Freeman, “Anton Koberger's First Books,” Princeton University Library Chronicle, 1994, pp.308-322). There has been much speculation over the meaning of “Augustodunensis .” Rather than being “of Autun,” it probably refers to the imperial city of Regensburg where Honorius was a canon (see V. Flint, Honorius Augustodunensis of Regensburg, 1995). BMC II, 411 (IB. 7143); BSB-Ink. H-331; Goff H-323; GW 12942; HC *8800; Klebs 523.1.