21 March 2005
MALLINCKROT, Bernardus à (1591-1664). De ortu ac progressu artis typographicae. Cologne: Johannes Kinchius, 1640 (changed in manuscript at the publisher's to 1639). Engraved historiated frontispiece by the Cologne artist Johann Eckhard Löffler, incorporating portraits of the author, Gutenberg and Fust, and a detailed scene of a printing shop at work.
Bound with: Marcus Zuerius BOXHORNIUS (1602-53) De typographicae artis inventione, & inventoribus. Leyden: Wilhelmus Christianus for Hieronymus de Vogel, 1640. Publisher's woodcut devices on title and at the end.
4o (191 x 140 mm). Two works bound in one volume. (Some browning of the paper in the first work.) Contemporary gold-tooled French sprinkled calf, arms block (cf. Olivier 451.1) in center of the sides, crowned monopram (cf. Olivier 451.3) in the corners, smaller version of the monogram massed in compartments of the spine, red edges, marbled endpapers.
Provenance: Charles de Sainte-Maure, duc de Montausier (1610-90) and his wife Julie-Lucie d'Angennes (1607-71, eldest daughter of the celebrated Catherine de Vivonne-Pisani, marquise de Rambouillet), their combined arms and monogram on the binding -- Monsieur Fleischmann (18th-century book label).
FIRST EDITION of both works. Mallinckrot's monograph is the first thorough investigation of the early testimonies to the discovery of printing. He firmly comes down in favor of Mainz against Haarlem. Additional chapters discuss later printing, including the Complutensian and Plantin polyglot Bibles. Boxhorn was a confirmed Costerian and published his treatise to contest Mallinckrot's work. He also reprints Sweynheim and Pannartz' list of their own productions, included in volume 5 of the 1472 Rome edition of Nicolaus de Lyra's Postilla.
This volume has AN UNUSUALLY PRESTIGIOUS FRENCH PROVENANCE for such antiquarian content of foreign interest. The duc de Montausier courted Julie-Lucie, daughter of the marquise de Rambouillet, for twelve years and composed the famous Guirlande de Julie, before finally marrying her in 1645. Later she became governess of the Grand Dauphin and was involved in various intrigues at the court of Louis XIV. Bigmore & Wyman I, 77 and II, 16.
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