BARTHOLOMAEUS ANGLICUS (fl. ca. 1220-1240). De proprietatibus rerum. [Heidelberg: Printer of Lindelbach (Heinrich Knoblochtzer?), 21 May 1488].
Chancery 2o (287 x 197 mm). Collation: 6; a8 b-p6 q8 r-t6 v-y A-C8.6.6 D8 E6 F-L8.6.6 M8 N-P6 Q-Z AA8.6.6 BB8 CC6 DD8 (1/1r title, 1/1v blank, 1/2r table; a1r text, DD8r colophon, DD8v blank). 326 leaves. 50 lines and headline, double column. Types: 1:160G (titles, headlines, etc.), 4:80aG (text). Two- to six-line initial spaces, many with printed guide-letters. Rubricated with red Lombard initials. (Occasional slight browning or dampstaining.)
Binding: contemporary blind-tooled South-German calf over wooden boards (some wear, head and tail of spine defective): the covers divided by triple fillets into a double frame and central panel, the frames filled with floral rolls, the central panels tooled to an ogival saltire pattern, each compartment filled with a floral tool, "Bartholomei" stamped at top of front cover, an Augsburg binding (Kyriss shop 83: Bogenfries Rolle II); evidence of two clasps; the back pastedown fol. Cxlii from Hieronymus, Buch der Altväter (Augsburg: Anton Sorg, 25 September 1482), chancery 2o (285 x 185 mm), 33 lines, types: 2:118(120)G and 3:140G, H 8605*.
Provenance: Frater Johannes: contemporary inscription on DD8r -- Ziegler: 16th-century inscription on F3v -- Seitenstetten, Benedictines: armorial inkstamps on 1/1r and DD8r -- André L. Simon, Bibliotheca Bacchica: bookplate.
Tenth edition of this great encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. This was probably the first book from the second press of Heinrich Knoblochtzer, who moved from Strassburg to Heidelberg in the mid-1480s. The edition belongs to a group commonly assigned to the eponymous "Printer(s) of Lindelbach." BMC divides this group into two parts and assigns the early productions to the brothers Johann and Conrad Hist, the later ones to Knoblochtzer. Voulliéme (Die deutschen Drucker des XV. Jahrhunderts, Berlin 1922, pp. 73-74) gives reasons for identifying the Lindelbach press with Knoblochtzer and attributes all the editions from the group to him, as does Geldner (Die deutschen Inkunabeldrucker, Stuttgart 1968, I, p. 268). If Voulliéme and Geldner are right that the Lindelbach printer's output forms a single group and should not be divided, then Knoblochtzer would be the first Heiderberg printer, but the Bartholomaeus not his first publication; if BMC is correct, Knoblochtzer would be the third printer at Heidelberg and the Bartholomaeus his first work there.
HC 2507* (=2508); BMC III, 670 (IB. 12915); BSB-Ink. B-97; CIBN B-102; GW 3411; Harvard/Walsh 1067-68; Pr 3130; Goff B-139.