GRATIANUS (d.1158). Decretum. With apparatus by Bartholomaeus Brixiensis (d.1258) and of Johannes Semeca (fl.1216). Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 30 November 1493.
Median 2° (338 x 230mm). Collation: a-r10 s12 t-z10 \\i10 A-D10 E6 F-I8.10 K-M10 N-Q8.10 R-S10 (a1 title, a2 text with commentary surround, s9r colophon, s10v blank). 410 leaves. 62 lines of text, 73 lines of commentary, headline, double column. Type: 14:130G, 18:83G, 12:64aG. Headline, headings, initials and paragraph marks printed in red after the black printing. First 8-line illuminated initial in blue and green with white patterning on a punched gold ground within a frame of pink, red, green and blue, 2- to 4-line initial spaces with printed guide-letter filled in red or blue. (Occasional dampstain at fore-margin, paper flaw without loss in 4 leaves, light browning, heavier in sheets g1.10, p1.10 and t1.10, title and final blank soiled.) Early 20th-century brown morocco preserving remnants of the contemporary Nuremberg sides of blindstamped calf with title lettered on upper cover, Kyriss shop 118, tools 1-4, 3, Schwenke-Sammlung, Greif 39 and Blattwerk 522 (Nuremberg 'Haller-Meister'). Provenance: extensively annotated in a contemporary German hand; ?Munich, Canons regular (17th-century inscription); Richard G.S. King, the Very Reverend Dean of Derry (bookplate, sale Sotheby's 16 December 1946, lot 66, £19 to Commin).
Second Koberger edition of one of the foundation texts of canon law; it forms the first part of the Corpus iuris Canonici. Its utility is demonstrated by the copious annotations written by a contemporary reader of this copy. HC * 7913; BMC II, 437 (IB. 7456); BSB G-281; Polain(B) 1685; Goff G-386.