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AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius (354-430). De civitate Dei. Commentary by Thomas Waleys (d. before 1349) and Nicolaus Trivet (1258?-1328). Venice: Octavianus Scotus, 18 February 1489-90.
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AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius (354-430). De civitate Dei. Commentary by Thomas Waleys (d. before 1349) and Nicolaus Trivet (1258?-1328). Venice: Octavianus Scotus, 18 February 1489-90.

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AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius (354-430). De civitate Dei. Commentary by Thomas Waleys (d. before 1349) and Nicolaus Trivet (1258?-1328). Venice: Octavianus Scotus, 18 February 1489-90.

An early edition with an Italian version of the full-page woodcut illustration later printed in the Amerbach Basel edition of 13 November 1489. Goff A-1245.

Folio (292 x 205mm). Initial spaces with guide-letters, large woodcut on verso of title-page, large contemporary illuminated opening initials in red, blue, green, purple and gold, first leaves rubricated, printer’s woodcut device on final leaf (rehinged leaving title and A8 just a little short, A2 remargined and repaired at bottom margin touching a few letters). Old style modern blindstamped calf. Provenance: numerous early annotations — Count Alessandro Magnaguti, Mantua (1887-1966; initials on binding and bookplate).

The woodcut on the verso of the title-page is an Italian version of that which has appeared in the Amerbach Basel edition of 13 November 1489. The Amerbach German woodcut is the first known work attributable to the Master of Haintz-Narr, considered by Winkler to be the best woodcut artist in Basel before Dürer (F. Winkler, rer und die Illustrationen zum Narrenschiff. Berlin: 1951). This Venetian edition presents a similar woodcut with an Italian touch: the church is, for example, of classical style instead of gothic. This edition has a caption title on both the first recto and the final verso. HC 2065; GW 2889; BMC V 437; Pellechet 1560; BSB-Ink A-862; Goff A-1245.
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