London, South Kensington
9 July 2002
CATO. Cato moralisatus. [The Speculum Regiminis of Philippus de Bergamo]. Augsburg: Anton Sorg, 2 November 1475. 2° (297 x 200mm). 484 leaves, varying number of lines to the page, gothic letter, initial letter O on f.1-s/r in red and blue with ornamental pen work, other initials and paragraph marks supplied alternatively in red and blue, capitals throughout touched in red, foliated throughout in a contemporary hand, traces of contemporary quiring, vellum sewing guards from an early medieval manuscript. (Last leaf mounted, first page a trifle dust soiled, last page slightly stained, library stamp deleted at beginning and end). Contemporary South German blind stamped calf over wooden boards, sides ruled to a rectangular and diaper pattern with rosette, fleuron and leaf stamps, clasps. (Rebacked).
As Goff points out, this should really be entered under Philippus de Bergamo, being an original treatise rather than a commentary on the Disticha Catonis. It is, therefore, a Sirst edition of this text. Three other editions of it followed in the fifteenth century. HC 4711*; GKW 277; BMC II, 342; Goff C-292.
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