HIERONYMUS (Saint, ca. 345-420). Epistolae. - LUPUS DE OLIVETO (OLMETO). Regula monachorum ex Epistolis Hieronymi excerpta. [Venice: Dominus or Philippus Pincius, after 1500?].
Chancery 2o (305 x 210 mm). Collation: s6 (r title, v blank, r table, r blank, v register); a-u8 x4 (a1r Hieronymus: Part I, x4v colophon); A-Z AA-CC8 DD6 (A1r Hieronymus: Part II); EE8 FF6 (EE1r regula monachorum, FF6r finis, FF6v blank). 396 leaves (of 397, without x4), foliated. 62 lines and foliation, double column. Types 79R, 80R. 3-, 4- and 12-line initial spaces with printed guide letters. (Lacking text leaf x4, title-leaf supplied from another copy, occasional browning and foxing). Modern cloth over pasteboard preserving most of the contemporary Italian blind-tooled goatskin covers, decorated with palmette border roll and central panel with foliate tools at corners and large lozenge formed by a roll or repeated stamp of a small fleuron between a pair of Greek crosses, enclosing repeated knotwork, plant and small flower tools, traces of four ties or clasps (rubbed).
Provenance: Florence, Franciscans (inscription on a2r Ex bibliotheca conventus S.P. Francisci Florentis in monte 1779).
The correct imprint of this edition, formerly assigned to the press of Philippus Pincius, remains uncertain, the types having been variously attributed to Philippus Pincius and his kinsman Dominus Pincius. The date of 7 Jan. 1496 in the first colophon was copied from the edition of Johannes Rubeus Vercellensis, 7 January and 12 July 1496 (Goff H-175), here reprinted.
H 8564; BSB-Ink 256; IGI 4744; Polain (B) 4436; Goff H-177.