London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
HIERONYMUS (?340-420). [Epistolae], in Italian. Ferrara: Laurentius de Rubeis, de Valentia, 12 October 1497. 2° (320 x 214mm). 269 leaves only (of 274, lacking the first 5 leaves containing the Vita and 2 woodcuts), 48 lines & headline, roman letter, 3 leaves with large woodcut border, one with enclosed scene of Jerome in his study writing a letter which a messenger delivers to Pope Damasius, numerous woodcut illustrations (a3-b1 detached, 3 small wormholes in first c.70 leaves repaired with loss of a few letters, lower corner of A6 torn away affecting text, stitched back on with red thread, hole in last 12 leaves repaired with loss of c.2-3 letters over 7 lines, outer margin stained throughout, affecting text at beginning, some, mainly marginal, staining and soiling). 19th-century half calf and floral boards (front cover detached, worn). Provenance: several manuscript presentation inscriptions on front endpaper -- The property of a religious institution. FIRST EDITION IN ITALIAN, FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Hain 8566; BMC VI 614; Goff H178.
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