HORATIUS FLACCUS, Quintus (65-8 B.C.). Opera. Commentary by Nicolaus Perottus (1429-1480). Edited by Jacobus Locher (1471-1528). Strassburg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, 12 March 1498.
Median 2o (310 x 219 mm). Collation: s6 A-Z6 AA-II6 KK-LL8 s6 (r title with woodcut, v blank, r editor's preliminary verses and letter to Margrave Karl von Baden, life of Horace, table of meters, A1r text, V6v blank, LL7v woodcut printer's device, colophon, LL8 blank, r table). 219 leaves (of 220, without blank LL8). 74 lines of commentary surrounding text and headline, prefatory quire in double column, table in 3 columns. Types: 22:89R (text), 23:64bR (commentary), 19:280G (title), 17:145G (headlines, headings), 4:48G (interlinear gloss). 168 WOODCUT ILLUSTRATIONS FROM 101 BLOCKS BY THE TERENCE MASTER, most printed from composite blocks, many repeated, woodcut printer's device (Davies 168). 2- and 3-line initial spaces, printed guide-letters. A few pages rubricated, including red highlighting added to 8 woodcuts. (A few small wormholes, small marginal wormtrack in quires BB-DD, tear in top margin just affecting headlines in FF4-GG2, light dampstain in first few leaves.)
Binding: contemporary German pigskin over bevelled wooden boards by Johannes Zoll of Tübingen (Kyriss shop 70), central panel filled with Rautengerank, outer border tooled with deer stamps and rosette on upper cover, lower cover with eagle and Christ's head (Kyriss tools 19, 22, 26, 27 and 35), one (of two) fore-edge clasps with brass catch (slightly rubbed, bottom corner of lower board slightly worn). Zoll, active from 1477 to 1501, was one of the most prolific binders of his day at Tübingen; Kyriss identified 363 examples of his work and a kit of 66 tools (E. Kyriss, "Johannes Zoll: Ein Tübinger Buchbinder des 15. Jahrhunderts," Zentralblatt für Bibliothekswesen, Beiheft 75, 1950, pp. 84-93).
Provenance: title inscription: Constat liber hic joh i [?] ort -- thoroughly annotated in Latin and occasionally in German by a 16th-century reader, who states on page 3 that he began reading the text on 12 October 1533 -- minor 16th- and 17th-century annotations -- Ottobeuren, Benedictine abbey: 17th-century inscription on title (Monasterii Ottenburani) -- Victor von Stedingk: bookplate; sale, Sotheby's London, 10 May 1984, lot 305 (to Rosenthal).
FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Brunet considered this an editio princeps, because it was edited from a German manuscript, whereas previous editions published in Italy were derived from printed sources. Of the 168 fine woodcuts by the Terence Master, only 37 (according to Kristeller and von Arnim) are new to this edition; 6 of these were cut for the Plenarium, which Grüninger published only 3 weeks later. The remaining woodcuts had previously appeared in Grüninger's editions of Terence, Locher's Libri philomusi, and Brant's Narrenschiff, printed in 1496, 1497, and 1494-95, respectively.
A very large copy, preserving nearly the full height of the sheet with many deckle edges. HC 8898*; BMC I, 112 (IB. 1471-2); BSB-Ink H-370; CIBN H-285; Fairfax Murray German 205; Schreiber 4240; Goff H-461.