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HOLZINGER, Conradus de Saxonia (d.1249; attributed to St. Bonaventura). Speculum Beatae Mariae Virginis. [Augsburg]: Anton Sorg, 29 February 1476.
Chancery 2° (273 x 196mm). Collation: [1-510] (1/1 blank, 1/2r text, 5/9v colophon, 5/10 blank). 48 (of 50, without first and final blank) leaves. 38 lines. Type: 1:103G. Woodcut Maiblumen and outline lombard initials. (Very light dampstain at lower margin and a few fore-edges.) Mid 20th-century half black morocco, flat spine lettered in gilt, red edges. Provenance: contemporary marginal annotations; 'Duplum' on first leaf, stamp removed (Munich, Royal Library duplicate?); sale Sotheby's 17 February 1891, lot 664, £2.
FIRST EDITION. Despite a long tradition of attribution to St. Bonaventura, the work is by the Minorite Conradus Holzinger de Saxonia. It is a devotional work reflecting on the names of Mary, her graces, attributes and glory. HC *3566; BMC II, 343 (C.13.b.8); BSB C-522; CIBN B-678; GW 4817; Goff B-959.
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