17 April 2000
ANDREAE, Johannes (ca. 1270-1348). Super arboribus consanguinitatis, affinitatis et cognationis spiritualis. Nuremberg: Friedrich Creussner, [not after 1476].
Chancery 2o (288 x 202 mm [fol. 1/4 measures 210 mm and folds out]). Collation: [110 (1/1r text, 1/4v woodcut of the tree of consanguinity, 1/8r woodcut of the tree of affinities, 1/8v blank, 1/10v colophon)]. 10 leaves. 34 lines. Type: 1:110G. 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-line initial spaces. The two full-page woodcuts colored by an early hand. Initials, paragraph marks and capital strokes in red. (Both woodcuts cropped at foot, small marginal repair to first leaf from removed index tab.) Modern vellum over pasteboard, title and small eagle device gilt on upper cover, 18th-century blue paper wrappers preserved; binding and resizing of leaves by Douglas Cockerell and Son, 1937 (binder's ticket on back pastedown).
Provenance: Paul Hirsch (bound for) -- Clifford Rattey (bookplate) -- Arthur Vershbow (accession number) -- (Bernard Quaritch, Inc., collation note).
One of 17 recorded editions by Creussner of Andreae's useful treatise on canonical impediments to marriage due to blood relationships or relationships brought about through marriage. The tract was repeatedly printed throughout the 15th century, both alone or in editions of the Decretals; most editions, this one included, contain an additional Lectura super arboribus cognationis spiritualis by an unknown editor. One of the three copies preserved at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has a rubricator's date of 1477; this edition is dated by CIBN as being later than Goff A-602 [not after 1476] on the basis of the state of the type and the woodcuts. Like all of the Creussner editions, this one is quite rare (12 copies recorded in ISTC).
H 1026*; BSB-Ink I-290; CIBN A-340; GW 1683; Schreiber 3278 (incorrectly listing 3 woodcuts); Goff Suppl. 604a.
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