AMBROSIUS (Saint, ca. 339-397). Expositio in evangelium S. Lucae. Augsburg: Anton Sorg, 1476.
Chancery 2o (275 x 195 mm). Collation: [1-210 312 4-1310.8 14-1510 166(5+1) 1710] (1/1r blank, 1/1v preface, 1/2r text, 17/10r colophon, 17/10v blank). 159 leaves. Variable number of lines up to 39, and headline. Type: 1:103G; large Maiblumen capitals 1a, small outline capitals 2. Scattered rubrication consisting of red highlights to woodcut initials, capital strokes, paragraph signs, and underlines. Blind bearer type visible at foot of 2/1, 3/11, 6/2, 15/5, 17/10. (Intermittent dampstains to blank margins, small holes to 13/4 and 16/2 with losses to two or three lines of text, 1/3.8 reinforced at inner margin, a few smudges and stains.) Modern morocco by Wood of London, reusing original bevelled boards, preserving two early flyleaves at front.
Provenance: contemporary manuscript title on 1/1r -- Munich, Royal Library: duplicate note on flyleaf and shelfmarks ("Inc. typ. No. 1951"; pencilled "Inc. 2273") -- Richard G.S. King: bookplate and manuscript notes -- Estelle Doheny: bookplate; given to her by Cardinal McIntyre, 3 May 1954; sale, Christie's New York, 22 October 1987, lot 43 -- sale, Swann Galleries, 1 April 1993, lot 111.
FIRST EDITION and the only incunable edition of the commentary on Luke by St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan.
H 900*; BMC II, 344 (IB. 5805); BSB-Ink. A-474; CIBN A-293; GW 1602; Harvard/Walsh 561; Pr 1648; Goff A-554.