London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
INCUNABULA -- BOETHIUS (c.480-c.524). De consolatione philosophiae, commentary ascribed to Thomas Aquinas. - Compendiosa consolationis resumptio. Louvain: Johannes de Westfalia, 1487. Chancery 2° (275 x 205mm). Engraving of a classical scene mounted on front flyleaf. Text with commentary surround, gothic type. Rubricated in blue and red. Two sets of pinholes visible. (Without first and final blank leaf, M7 lower margin replaced.) Modern three quarter burgundy morocco, spine lettered in gilt, red edges. Provenance: Sheen, Carthusian monastery (19th-century inscription).
One of the relatively few dated books printed by Johannes de Westphalia, a printer who not only catered to a university readership at Louvain, but is also documented as importing books to England in the 1480s. A clean, wide-margined copy. HC *3379; GW 4538; BSB-Ink B-602; Goff B-782. Not in BL.
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