JOHANNES DE SANCTO GEMINIANO (1260/70-after March 1333). Liber de exemplis similitudinibus rerum. [Deventer: Richard Paffraet, c.1477-79]. Chancery 2° (286 x 210mm). Collation as BMC. Gothic type, double column, headlines. Initials and paragraph marks in red or blue, red capital strokes, 17th-century foliation. (Lacking A8, without blank lvs. A1, a1 and dd8, quire 2q missing but supplied in early manuscript, light dampstain in 2e, 2k and 2aa, small tear with loss in g6.) Contemporary blindtooled calf over thick bevelled wooden boards, metal corner and centrepieces, endleaves from 15th-century Easter tables on vellum (worn, leather missing from spine, lacking clasps). Provenance: Johannes Bullevelle (contemporary inscription) -- Bernard Duithe, pastor (1670 inscription) -- Osnabruck, St. John's Parish library (stamp).
FIRST EDITION, PRINTED AT THE FIRST PRESS AT DEVENTER. Johannes' medieval encyclopedia treats of the natural elements, metals, gems, flora and fauna, viniculture, ethics and human behavior. C 2649; BMC IX, 45; CIBN J-281; Bod.-Inc. J-192; Klebs 562.1; Simon, Bib. Bacchica, 94; Goff J-427.