GREGORIUS I (Saint, ca. 540-604, pope 590-604). Epistolae. [Augsburg: Gnther Zainer, not after 1476].
Royal 2o (403 x 279 mm). Collation: [110; 28 3-1510 16-178] (1/1r table, 1/10r colophon to table, 1/10v blank; 2/1r text, 17/8r colophon, 17/8v blank). 163 leaves of 164 (without 5/7). 59 lines and headline, double column. Types: 2:118cG (headings), 4:95R text; woodcut capitals 2a and 2b (large Maiblumen capitals), 3 (small outline captials). Headings and colophons printed in red. Lavishly rubricated with red filling to small capitals and printed paragraph signs, red capital strokes and underlines, various flourishes and ornaments. (6/2 and 11/5.6 supplied from a shorter copy, 14/7 rehinged, reinforcements to inner margins of 17/4-6, tear to 17/5 repaired without loss of text, several wormholes to blank margins, some with old repairs.) 19th-century half mottled sheep, marbled sides (rebacked and repaired with spine laid down).
Provenance: rubricated in 1477 by someone who signed "V" on 1/10r, "C.W.E.G." on 6/8v, "W.S.D.L. A.M.S." on 6/9r, and "W.S.D.L. A.S.M.S." on 17/8r; two versions of the same coat-of-arms, colored on 2/1r, in outline on 17/8r; dated on 5/6r, 6/8v, 17/8r -- John Hadmar Sticht: bookplate dated 1947.
FIRST AND ONLY INCUNABLE EDITION of the letters of Pope Gregory the Great. The edition is dated from a rubricator's inscription in a Munich copy.
H 7991*; BMC II, 322 (IC. 5502); BSB-Ink. G-305; Pr 1553; Goff G-415.