17 April 2000
GREGORIUS I (Saint, ca. 540-604, Pope 590-604). Commentum super Cantica canticorum. [Cologne: Ulrich Zel, not after 1473].
Chancery 2o (276 x 209 mm). Collation: [1-410] (1/1r text, 4/9v colophon, 4/10 blank). 39 leaves (of 40, without the final blank). 37 lines (35 lines on 2/4v), double column. Type: 2:115G. Three- and four-line initial spaces. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes and underlines. (Printing flaw to 3/2v with four lines lightly inked, 4/1 strengthened at inner margin with closed tears in blank margins, a few smudges). 19th-century mottled sheep (worn).
Provenance: Walter Goldwater: bookplate; sale, Swann Galleries, 1 December 1983, lot 161.
FIRST EDITION of Pope Gregory the Great's commentary on the Song of Songs. There were only three incunable editions of this text; the other two were published in 1486 (Goff G-395) and 1498/99 (Goff G-396). The present edition is dated from an inscription in the Uppsala copy.
H 7937*; BMC I, 192 (IB. 2998); BSB-Ink. G-306; GW 11414; Pr 894; Voulliéme Köln 504; Goff G-394.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
A survey of the short but fierce career of a 20th-century icon — including an important work offered in London
On 25 June Christie’s offers one of the American artist’s large-scale works, a powerful satire of American ideas about race, sex, stereotypes and violence