7 June 2006
AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius (attributed to; PELAGIUS [fl.380/418-429]). De vita christiana. [Mainz:] Peter Schoeffer, [between 1470 and 1475].
Chancery half-sheet 4° (193 x 127mm). Collation: [18 210] (1/1r prologue, 1/2r text, 2/9v colophon, Schoeffer's shield device printed in red, 2/10 blank). 17 leaves (of 18, without final blank). Type: 3:91G. Two 3-line initials, paragraph marks and capital strokes in red. (Lower section of last leaf replaced, with part of Schoeffer device in facsimile.) 19th-century morocco, gilt arms of Gitton du Plessis [Olivier 510], gilt turn-ins, gilt edges, by Duplanil (some rubbing, minor repair at spine). Provenance: J.A.M. Gitton du Plessis (binding) -- Pierpont Morgan Library (JPM booklabel; sold as a duplicate, Sotheby's, 8 June 1971, lot 4, £300 to Fleming).
Third edition. Printed with the Durandus type in its post-1466/67 state, it is typographically closely allied to Schoeffer's edition of Gerson, dated to not after September 1470. The text has been attributed to the late 4th/early 5th-century writer Pelagius and his pupil Fastidius. H *2093; GW 3039; BMC I, 37 (IA. 270-271a); CIBN A-774; Bod.inc. A-608; Goff A-1356.
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