17 June 2003
ALBERTUS DE PADUA. Expositio evangeliorum dominicalium et festivalium. Venice: Adam de Rottweil and Andreas Corvus de Corona, 25th December 1476.
Mezzo-median 2o (255 x 185 mm). Collation: a b10 c12 d-f G h I-L m-r \\i s-x [y]10 [z]8 \\i10. 250 leaves. 42 lines, double column. Gothic types 2:140 (headings), 1:94 (text). Initial spaces. (a1.10 reinforced along fold, a1 with upper margin renewed, few other minor marginal repairs, pale stain in lower margin of the first quire, some occasional light marginal soiling.) 18th-century Italian vellum-backed boards, gilt-decorated on spine, red morocco lettering-piece (hinges weak, light wear at extremities). Provenance: Parma, Franciscans (monastic inscription on a1); manuscript table (2 pp.) at front; "C. Ss. A. P." (ink stamp on a1); Parma, Bibliotecha Regia (booklabel); Estelle Doheny (morocco bookplate; purchased from A.S.W. Rosenbach, Philadelphia, 23 July 1942) -- donated to SMS 27 July 1942.
FIRST EDITION, AND THE FIRST BOOK PRINTED BY ADAM DE ROTTWEIL. This copy corresponds with that recorded in CIBN, with I4, m4 and x2 properly signed. This is the first work Rottweil printed at his press in Venice, and his Venetian output totals fewer than 10 books. While some uncertainty exists regarding the beginnings of Adam de Rottweil's press, it is reasonably taken the present work is his first book. In addition to being his first book, it is the only book issued by Adam de Rottweil with Andreas Corvus de Corona, whose name is also attached to an Olmütz Breviary of 1484. de Rottweil's modest Venetian output dates from 1476-78 and 1480, after which he moved his establishment to Aquila. BMC V, 249 (IB.20582); BSB-Ink. A-132; CIBN A-185; GW (+ Accurti I) 784; H *573; Pr 4415; Goff A-339.
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