17 April 2000
ALBERTANUS CAUSIDICUS BRIXIENSIS (d. after 1250). De arte loquendi et tacendi. Ingolstadt: [Printer of Celtes 'Epitoma' (Johann Kachelofen?), ca. 1492].
Chancery 4o (205 x 143 mm). Collation: a8 (a1r text, a8r colophon, a8v blank). 8 leaves. 41 lines. Type: 1:71G. One- to four-line initial spaces. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes, paragraph signs and underlines. (Faint dampstain to upper blank margins, printing flaw to a4r with first 4 or 5 lines faintly inked.) Modern vellum.
Provenance: oval inkstamp erased from a1r -- Bois Penrose II: bookplate; pencilled gift inscription dated 18 January 1941 -- Eric Sexton: bookplates; sale, Christie's New York, 8 April 1981, lot 78.
Typography was introduced at Ingolstadt (south of Nuremberg) in 1484. This Albertanus is one of the first of the invariably undated productions of the third anonymous press there. The printer may be identified with Johann Kachelofen, who matriculated at the University of Ingolstadt in 1490 and was evidently supplied with type by his half-brother Conrad, of Leipzig (cf. V. von Klemperer, in Gutenberg Jahrbuch 1929, pp. 134-151). He presumably fled Ingolstadt in the mid-1490s because of the plague, but resumed printing towards the end of the decade with the same typeface cast on a larger body. Of the ten editions which ISTC assigns to the "Celtes Press", only three are represented in American collections, each by a single copy.
VERY RARE. ISTC lists only one other copy in North America (Pierpont Morgan Library). H 398*; BMC III, 677 (IA. 13530); BSB-Ink. A-117; GW 556; Pr 3159; Goff A-206.
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