Vocabularius, incipit: Scripturarum fidelibus, in Latin and German. [Blaubeuren: Conrad Mancz: c. 1477].
Chancery 2° (288 x 205mm). Collation: [1-1210 138(4+1) 148; 158 16-2110 22-238 246 25-2610 27-288 296; 3010 31-326] (1/1 blank, 1/2r preface, 1/2v A-G, 15/1r H-S, 30/1r T-Z, 32/6 blank). 290 (of 291, without final blank) leaves. 35 lines. Type: 1:120G. 2- to 8-line initial spaces. (Occasional faint spotting.) Contemporary Ulm blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards [Kyriss shop 126, "Drachenrolle", tools 1-3 and others], 19th-century paper spine label, single fore-edge clasp (rubbed, short tear at spine); modern tan cloth folding box. Provenance: Brother Peter ?Panhofer, 1568 (inscription in banderole on rear pastedown) -- late 16th-century inscription of a Minorite convent at Sch[?] erased from first text leaf -- William Horatio Crawford, Lakelands, Cork (bookplate; sale Sotheby's, 13 March 1891) -- WILLIAM MORRIS (1834-96; booklabel) -- William M. Ivins (booklabel).
FIRST EDITION, printed at the sole 15th-century press at Blaubeuren, active for only 3 years (1475-77), of one of the earliest Latin-German dictionaries. Each word is preceded by a short code which categorises the word (verb, preposition, etc.) and gives the gender of nouns. Due to a printer's error, the British Library copy has 12, not 10, leaves in the fourth quire. C 6327; BMC II, 565 (IB. 10136); Mead, Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 1939, pp.155-6; BSB-Ink V-335; Claes, Bib. Verzeichnis der deutschen Vokabulare, 12; Goff V-323.