ANGELUS CARLETUS DE CLAVASIO (1411-1495). Summa angelibus de casibus conscientiae. With additions by Hieronymus Tornieli. Alost: Thierry Martens, 4 July 1490.
Chancery 2° (280 x 207mm). Collation: π6 (π1r title, π1v blank, π2r letter to the author by Tornieli, π2v author's reply, π3r tables: alphabetical subject index, list of proper names, list of abbreviations, π6v blank); a-z \\i \\j \\g A-N8 O6 (a1r text, O5r verses to the reader by Jacobinus Suigus, colophon, quire register, O5v-O6 blank); Χ10 (Χ1 index of subject headings: rubrice iuris civilis et canonici, Χ10 blank). 333 leaves (of 334, without blank leaf O6). 56 lines and foliation, double column. Types: 3:145G (title, first word in each section), 2:72G (text). Opening large initial in blue with reserved decoration on red penwork ground with penwork infill and marginal extension, 2- to 4- line initials, paragraph marks and capital strokes in red. (Lower margins of first 10 leaves renewed, first leaf restored at gutter, other marginal repairs, repaired tear to L3 with loss to a few letters, occasional light marginal dampstaining, fraying to edges of first and last two leaves.) Contemporary calf over wooden boards, blindstamped to a saltire design with circular tools in compartments (very worn, rebacked, without clasps). Provenance: Liber domini gerardi filii nicolai zwan[?] vicarii altaris sancti trinitatis in weesp (contemporary inscription), possibly Gerardus de Bueren, pastor in Weesp (cf. BMC IX, 42: IB.47507) -- Wavre (Brabant), Reformed Franciscans (1705 inscriptions in Latin, French and Dutch) -- Eric Sexton (bookplates, sale Christie's, New York, 8 April 1981, lot 5) -- Ned J. Nakles (sale Christie's New York, 17 April 2000, lot 175.)
First and only 15th-century edition from the Low Countries of an authoritative compendium of canon law by the Franciscan Angelo Carletti, first printed in his native town of Chivasso in 1486. Thierry Martens and Johannes de Westfalia, the two prototypographers of the southern Low Countries set up the first Belgian press at Alost in 1473. Martens, working alone, set up his second Alost press in 1486 at which he indulged his humanist, Italian-oriented interests.
RARE. HC 5389=H 5398; GW1931; BMC IX, 127 (IB. 49026); Campbell 448; CIBN A-387; HPT II, 473; IDL 294; Goff A-720.