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ALBERTUS MAGNUS (c.1206-1280). Sermones de tempore et de sanctis. [Speyer: Peter Drach, not after 1475].
ALBERTUS MAGNUS (c.1206-1280). Sermones de tempore et de sanctis. [Speyer: Peter Drach, not after 1475].

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ALBERTUS MAGNUS (c.1206-1280). Sermones de tempore et de sanctis. [Speyer: Peter Drach, not after 1475].

Collation: \kp\K10 (table); a-q8 r6 (Sermones de tempore, r6 blank); A-M8 (Sermones de sanctis). 240 leaves. 40 lines, table in two columns. Type: 2:94G. 2- to 6-line initials, headlines, paragraph marks and capital strokes in red, rubricator's guide-letters and quiring sometimes visible. (Occasional light marginal spotting and faint dampstain at extreme edge, a few sheets lightly browned.) HC *469; GW 772; BMC II, 488 (IB.8511); BSB-Ink A-213 (with buyer's date 1475); Goff A-328.

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GUILLERMUS Parisiensis (attributed to). Postilla super epistolas et evangelia. [Speyer: Peter Drach, c. 1476]. Collation: A-F8 G-H6; 2A-2G8; 2H-N8 O6 (A1r blank, A1v prologue, A2r text, O6 blank). 170 leaves. 40 lines. Type: 2:94G. Rubricated uniformly with the above, but without headlines; ms. quiring often visible. (O5 with short marginal tears and small repaired hole.) H *8226; GW 11924; BMC II, 488 (IB.8519); BSB-Ink H-134; Goff G-648.

2 works in one volume, chancery 2° (293 x 211mm). Contemporary blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards, diaper-panel sides with small foliate, flower-head, and evangelist stamps and Jesus and Maria scroll tools, 5 brass bosses on each cover, 2 fore-edge clasps, remains of paper label on front cover, title written on upper edges, two pairs of contemporary endleaves at front, none at back, index tabs removed or renewed (a few tiny wormholes, hinges and a few small patches repaired, corner of endleaves repaired). Provenance: some contemporary annotations -- Pertinet ad Fabricam B.M.V.F (early inscription on pastedown) -- George Dunn, Woolley Hall (1865-1912; booklabel; sale Sotheby's 2 February 1914, lot 707) -- André Himpe (De Gulden Passer 2003, nos. 2 and 73).

THE TWO EARLIEST WORKS PRINTED BY PETER DRACH AT SPEYER. Second edition of the Albertus Magnus. The Postilla with which it is bound was one of the most frequently printed texts of the 15th century. The text is largely that of Johannes Herolt, edited by an otherwise unidentified Guillelmus Parisiensis. A tall, fresh copy with strong impressions and some deckle edges. RARE ON THE MARKET; no other copy of either book has sold in Anglo-American auctions since 1934.

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