BRANT, Sebastian (1457-1521). Expositiones omnium titulorum legalium. Basel: Michael Furter for Andreas Helmut, 1 October 1490.
Median 4o (220 x 155 mm). Collation: a-c8 d6 e8 f-g6 h8 i6 k-l8 m6 n-o8 p6 q8 r6 s8 t6 v-x8 y6 z10 (a1r title, a1v Brant's address to Andreas Helmut, professor at Basel, a2v text, z10r four distichs to a young student, colophon, z10v blank). 168 leaves. 45 lines and headline. Types: 1:83G (preface, headings, colophon), 3:180G (title, headlines, book headings), 4:64G (text). 2-, 3-, 7- and 9-line initial spaces, most with printed guide-letters. Title rubricated. (Worming in first 3 and final 2 leaves affecting some text, neat marginal tears in title, marginal paper flaw in 2 leaves, some dampstaining and some browning.)
Binding: contemporary German blind-stamped half pigskin over wooden boards, the leather tooled with quadruple fillets and leaf ornament, the stamp not in Kyriss or Schwenke-Sammlung, but the binding now attributed to the Periwinkle Bindery, ?Ulm, (cf. Donaueschingen sale catalogue, Sotheby's London, 1 July 1994, pp. 306-307); single brass fore-edge clasp, vellum manuscript pastedowns from a 15th-century Latin document naming Johannes Wellinger, old spine labels (rubbed, few wormholes in upper cover, some signatures sprung).
Provenance: unidentified religious house, possibly near Ulm: spine label -- a few early annotations -- Donaueschingen, Court Library, Princes of Fürstenberg; sale Sotheby's London, 1 July 1994, lot 72 (to Quaritch).
FIRST EDITION. Before turning his great talent to imaginative literature and the creation of his Narrenschiff (see following lots), Brant had trained in law at university. He wrote the Expositiones, a legal textbook, to provide a systematic overview of Roman and canon law. It was reprinted into the 17th century in 55 editions. Although Furter is mentioned as a printer in documents dating from 15 January 1483, the present volume is only the second book signed and dated by him, following an edition of Panormitanus printed after 1 April 1490.
HC 3725*; BMC III, 781 (IA. 37760); BSB-Ink B-814; GW 5070; Goff B-1078.