AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius (354-430, Saint). Explanatio psalmorum. Basel: Johann Amerbach, [not after 8 September] 1489.
Median 2o (322 x 226 mm), four parts bound in one volume. Collation: (part I) a8 b-t8.6 v6 x8 (a1r title, a1v text, x8v blank); (part II) A-K8.6 L8 M-P8.6 Q-R8 S-U6 X-AA8.6 BB-DD6 EE8 (A1r title, A1v blank, A2r text, EE8v blank); (part III) 1-188.6 196 208 21-236 248 25-276 288 title, 1/1v blank, 1/2r text, 28/8v blank); (table) 2a-b8 (a1 blank, a2r Annotatio principalium sententiarum). 148; 194; 192 leaves; 16-leaf index bound at end. 54 lines and headline, double column, printed shoulder notes. Types: 4*:185G (headlines), 6:108G on smaller body (headings, Psalm quotations), 9:76G (marginalia), 14:285G (titles), 15*:92G (text), 95bGr (10/5). 3- to 8-line initial spaces with printed guide-letters. Initials, some capital strokes, and paragraph marks supplied in red. (Tear in 3 leaves affecting some text but with minor loss, a few letters lost through adhesion of rubrication.)
Binding: contemporary pigskin over wooden boards, triple fillet border on upper cover, each cover with 5 brass bosses and 4 edge-pieces at corners, 2 fore-edge clasps (one clasp missing), remains of paper label on upper cover, spine liner from a ?12th-century manuscript on vellum referring to "aquisgrani", (leather torn from lower spine); modern blue linen solander box.
Provenance: few early annotations -- fore-edges lettered M. IO. -- Uelzen, Ministerial Library: ink stamp on first title -- [Hauswedell, Hamburg, 22 May 1973, lot 165]
SECOND EDITION of one of St. Augustine's chief exegetical works. The edition was presumably ready for sale by 8 September 1489, when the Cologne bookseller Heinrich Müelich ordered 10 copies from Amerbach (cf. A. Hartmann ed., Die Amerbachkorrespondenz, I, 21-22).
HC 1971; BMC II, 751 (IB. 37322); BSB-Ink A-883; GW 2909; Goff A-1272.