7 June 2006
AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius (attributed to). Manuale. Treviso: Gerardus de Lisa, de Flandria, 1471.
Quarter-sheet royal 8° (195 x 142mm). Collation: [1-210] (1/1r contents, 2/1r prologue, text, epigram on the printer, colophon). 20 leaves. 22 lines. Type: 1/2:105R. 2- and 4-line initial spaces. (Occasional light spotting.) Brown morocco janseniste by Zaehnsdorf. Provenance: George Dunn of Woolley Hall, nr. Maidenhead (booklabel and gilt armorial label) -- C.S. Ascherson (booklabel) -- Gordon H. Craine (booklabel; acquired from Bernard Quaritch, 1956).
THE FIRST BOOK PRINTED AT TREVISO and the FIRST EDITION of the Manuale.Gerardus de Lisa, a professor of grammar, set up the first printing press at Treviso possibly at the behest of Francisco Rafardelle, Conte Jacopo di Porcia and others. All books from the press are rare and this first publication is no exception. NO COPY IN AMERICA, and no copy has been sold at auction in over 50 years. HC 2027; BMC VI, 883 (IA. 28303-4); GW 2960; Bod.inc. A-580; not in Goff.
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