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DURANTI, Guillelmus (1237-1296). Rationale divinorum officiorum. [Strasbourg: The R-Printer (Adolf Rusch), c.1470] [not after 1474].
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DURANTI, Guillelmus (1237-1296). Rationale divinorum officiorum. [Strasbourg: The R-Printer (Adolf Rusch), c.1470] [not after 1474].

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DURANTI, Guillelmus (1237-1296). Rationale divinorum officiorum. [Strasbourg: The R-Printer (Adolf Rusch), c.1470] [not after 1474].

An attractive copy with wide margins preserving many pin-holes, early quiring and deckle edges. The fundamental authority for the history of Western liturgy, originally published in 1459 and frequently reprinted, this work describes the sources, forms, and symbolism of Christian ritual. H *6461; GW 9102; BMC I 60; Bod-inc D-179; BSB-Ink D-327; ISTC id00405000; Goff D-405.

Royal folio (412 x 286mm). 226 leaves (of 227), without the first blank, 2 major illuminated opening initials on punched gold ground within fictive frame with floral borders in green, blue and red, heightened in gilt, a further 3 in red and blue with delicate penwork, the others red or blue, page-headings in red, rubricated, early quiring at lower inside margins, first quire-guard reusing a fragment of 15th-century noted liturgical manuscript (light worming in first and last few quires). Contemporary German blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards, manuscript label on spine (wooden boards, metal bosses and clasps renewed, minor loss at foot of spine, light worming, a few minor repairs).
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