Erklärung der zwölf Artikel des christlichen Glaubens. Ulm: Conrad Dinckmut, 21 August 1485.
Chancery 2° (269 x 175mm). Collation: \Kp\k4 a-t8 v6 (\Kp\k1r blank, \Kp\k1v subject index, a1r prologue, b1v woodcut, b2r text, v6r colophon, v6v blank). 161 leaves (of 162, lacking q8). 35 lines and headline with foliation. Type: 2:109G. 12 full-page woodcuts COLOURED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND in red, green, tan, orange, and ochre, and 13 woodcut ornamental initials coloured in paler washes. 3-line initial spaces, some at the front filled in a 17th-century hand. (Light dampstaining, soiling and fraying in preliminary quire, a few wormholes at beginning and end, small hole in c8 affecting a few letters, occasional staining, more noticeable in margins of d8v-e1r, last leaf a little soiled.) Contemporary blindtooled Augsburg calf (Kyriss 77,1; (Schunke-Schwenke Bogenfries 22; K 77 tools 1 and 3) over thick unbevelled wooden boards (board fore-edges sometime reduced), spine label, fragment of a German broadside almanac as front pastedown (lifted, see below), evidence of a single fore-edge clasp (rubbed, loss of leather at fore-edges); modern red cloth folding box. Provenance: 17/18th-century annotations, scribbles on blank versos and endpaper -- Reiner Wachendorff (17th-century inscriptions; a pastor of this name at Weidesheim and Dom-Esch, fl. c. 1590-1624) -- Dr. Jur. Sigmund Graf Adelmann von Adelmannsfelden, 1906 (bookplate).
FIRST AND ONLY 15TH-CENTURY EDITION. The Apostle's creed, the fundamental statement of Christian belief, forms the basis of the Erklärung. It is related to the blockbook editions of the Creed, Symbolum Apostolicum, in that both works use pictorial representation to summarise and reinforce the text as a visual symbol of the Credo; although similar in content, the woodcuts in the xylographical and typographical editions are independent of each other.
Rare on the market. In the last half-century only the Sexton copy (now Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Amsterdam; cf. Ford, BPH 80) and a copy in Germany in 1966 are the only others to have been sold at auction. H *6668=6667; GW 9379; BMC II, 534 (IB.9348); Bod-Inc. E-26; BSB-Ink. E-88; Arnim/Schaefer 125; Amelung, Frühdruck 109; Schreiber 4106; Goff E-102.
Bound in as the front pastedown, now lifted, is part of a rare broadside almanac:
HORDT, Jobst. Almanac, in German. [Augsburg: Johann Bämler, c.1484-85]. Broadside. Fragment (c.173 x 271mm) comprising most of 28 lines of text (lines 12-33, of 62), one woodcut of a solar eclipse, double column, type 3:119G. The text gives the phases of the moon and an Aderlass (blood-letting) table. KNOWN ONLY IN A DAMAGED COPY AT THE BAYERISCHE STAATSBIBLIOTHEK AND ONE COMPLETE COPY (Schumann, Zurich, 1977; Stogdon catalogue VIII; Christie's, 20 November 2002, lot 94). C 2228; GW 13535; GW (Einbl) 171; Heitz-Haebler 44; BSB-Ink. H-382. Schreiber 3181.