EYB, Albertus de (1420-1475). Margarita poetica. [Nuremberg]: Johann Senschschmidt, 2 December 1472.
Chancery 2o (288 x 204 mm). Collation: [110 2-38; 4-1710 18-198; 20-3510; 36-4810 496] (1/1 blank, 1/2r table, 3/8v blank; 4/1 blank, 4/2r Part I; 20/1r Part II, 35/9v-35/10 blank; 36/1r Part III, 49/6r colophon, 49/6v blank). 478 leaves. 35 lines. Type: 1:114G. Guide letters for indexing printed in outer margins, a number of partially inked quads visible between them. Three- to eight-line initial spaces. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes, paragraph signs and underlines. Contemporary manuscript quiring visible in center of lower margins on first rectos. Contemporary manuscript foliation in arabic numerals in various sequences. (Faint dampstains to blank margins of most leaves.) Contemporary German blind-tooled leather over wooden boards, preserving a number of deckle edges (worn, rebacked, endleaves renewed, the rebacking worn with head- and tail-caps partially detached).
Provance: Georgius Matzinger, 1599: signature with date on 1/2r, erased signatures on 1/1r, 4/2r, 49/6r (the first with motto: Dicterium Therentianum Ire amantium est reintegratio amoris); scattered marginalia probably in his hand -- Vitus Aichelperger: name stamped on 1/2r, ex libris inscription on 4/1r.
FIRST EDITION of a very important German humanistic text, and the first book signed by Sensenschmidt. Part I of the Margarita poetica contains the essay Praecepta artis rhetorica, a collection of examples of style from Cicero and the Italian humanists, excerpts from Roman poets (Virgil, Ovid, Statius, etc.) and letter writers; part II is a sampling of prose writers (Cicero, Lactantius, Macrobius, Valerius Maximus, etc.); the third and final part contains extracts from Petrarch, and the dramatists Terence, Plautus, and Seneca. According to BMC, the sequence of watermarks shows that the book was printed simultaneously in three sections, the table being printed separately after the rest of the text.
A FINE COPY, TALL AND CRISP, WITH SHARP TYPE IMPRESSIONS. H 6818*; BMC II, 405 (IB. 7022); BSB-Ink. B-152; GW 9529; Harvard/Walsh 663; Pr 1948; Goff E-170.