Breviarium Romanum. Franciscan use. Venice: Antonius de Zanchis and Franciscus de Balthasar, 1 June 1500.
Royal 4o (270 x 195 mm). Collation: s6 (r title, v blank, r calendar); +6 (+1r Notanda, +4r table); A-P12 Q8 R10 (A1r Dominica prima); a-d8 e12; f-y12 z14; aa bb12 cc16 (cc16r colophon, register and printer's device, cc16v blank). 506 leaves (of 512, without cc1, cc5-6, cc11-12 and cc16). 42 lines and headline, double column. Types: 1:420G, 2:97G, 3:97G*. Title printed in red, text in red and black. 9-line historiated woodcut initials, 2- and 5-line Lombard initials printed in red. (Lacking six leaves in the last quire as above, repairs to lower margins of a1, a4-8, d8, and aa1-2, worming in first and last few quires, occasional dampstaining). Contemporary blind-tooled Italian calf over wooden boards, panel decoration with border of repeated rectangular foliate tools framing central lozenge, the interstices decorated with square knotwork tools, quatrefoils and rosettes, evidence of four clasps (rebacked, restorations to covers, lacking clasps and catches, endleaves and front flyleaf renewed, preserving portions of original endleaves).
Provenance: contemporary marginalia and notes on title verso, flyleaves and pastedowns -- John Meade Falkner (signature) -- J.S. Fuchs (modern label)
One of six recorded incunable editions signed by Antonius de Zanchis, all liturgical or homiletic texts. The colophon of this edition, the only one printed by Zanchis in partnership with another printer, indicates that he filled here the role of publisher. Franciscus de Balthasar of Perugia is otherwise unknown. A few other 15th and early 16th-century editions have been assigned to Zanchis.
Rare: of the six other known copies, three are imperfect. C 1294; BMC V, 571 (IB. 24625); GW 5170 (+var); IGI 2141; Pr 5616; Goff B-1124.