London, South Kensington
30 November 2010
AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius (St., 354-430). De civitate Dei. Commentary by Thomas Waleys and Nicolaus Trivet. Venice: [Bonetus Locatellus], for Octavianus Scotus, 18 February 1489/90. [Bound second with:] AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius. De trinitate Dei. [Basel]: Johann Amerbach, 1489.
Two works in one volume, super-chancery 2° (317 x 215mm). De civitate: Gothic types, full-page woodcut on A1v depicting St. Augustine and the two cities of God and Satan, 9-line initial space opening text, smaller initial spaces with guide-letters, publisher's device at end. De trinitate: Gothic types, some Greek. 2- to 6-line initial spaces with printed guide-letter. (Some dampstaining and soiling, mostly marginal, wormholes at front and back, an occasional light stain.) Contemporary Paris blind-tooled calf over bevelled wooden boards by Hemon Lefevre, St. Sebastian panel at centre [Gid/Laffitte 199] (worn, small wormholes). Provenance: occasional early annotations -- Guido Lucas, 2 December 1544 (inscription at front) -- early purchase note and other inscriptions -- Fratres de Chamberain coenobita -- Ainsault (late ?17th-century inscription) - Besnier (?18th-century inscription) -- André Himpe (De Gulden Passer 2003, nos. 13 and 15).
A fresh copy in a contemporary panel-stamped binding by Hemon Lefevre, active at Paris c. 1493-1503. HC 2065 and 2037; GW 2889 and 2926; BMC V 437 and III 751; BSB-Ink A-862 and A-877; Bod-inc A-531; Sander 670; Essling 73; Goff A-1245 and A-1343.
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