London, South Kensington
18 November 2003
BIBLIA LATINA. Basel: Johann Froben, 27 October 1495.
Chancery 8° (156 x 108mm). Gothic type, woodcut of St. Jerome in his study on BB4v, rubricated. (Lacking Interpretationes [quires A-E8], very occasional light stain, a few marginal tears at end.) Contemporary Netherlandish blindstamped calf over wooden boards, sides with armorial and other tools, retaining two brass catchplates, those on the rear board heart-shaped (rubbed, sympathetically rebacked). Provenance: J. van Boldrik (?16th-century title inscription, probably his annotations, occasionally dated 1560 or 1561).
First use of the woodcut of St. Jerome in his study. A 16th-century reader, probably J. van Boldrik, has dated his reading (?preaching) of certain passages at the extreme edge of several leaves in 1560-1561. HC *3118; GW 4275; BMC III, 791; Schreiber 3470; Goff B-598.
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