5 December 2008
PEREZ DE VALENCIA, Jaime. Expositio in Cantica Canticorum Salomonis. Valencia: Lambert Palmart, 19 May, 1486.
2o (295 x 217 mm). Collation: A6; a-m8 n6 o8. 115 leaves (of 116, lacking the first blank). 41 lines and headline. Gothic types 2:142 (text of the Cantica Canticorum, headlines) and 3:104 (expositio). 2 columns except on leaf 6 (here at front). (Worming at gutter mostly repaired, gutter margins of A, m-o completely renewed.) Disbound, remnants of old wrapper on several gatherings.
A RARE PRODUCTION FROM THE FIRST PRESS AT VALENCIA. Vindel, Haebler and Palau all call for 114 leaves only, neglecting the initial blank and prefatory leaf (here present). The British Library copy lacks the first blank and two text leaves.
The first book to bear a date printed by Palmart was of 1475, but it is thought that four undated works preceded this, as early as 1473. VERY RARE: only one copy appears in American Book Prices Current in at least thirty years, sold Sotheby's London, 26 June 1991. BMC X, 16; Goff P-277; Haebler I,II:537; HCR 12592; Palau 222616; Pr 9499; Vindel Valencia, p.67, 22.
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