PAULUS ATTAVANTI FLORENTINUS (ca. 1445-1499). Breviarum totius juris canonici, sive Decretorum breviarium. Memmingen: Albrecht Kunne, 1486.
Chancery 2o (275 x 197 mm). Collation: [14; 210 3-148 1510; 168 176] (1/1r woodcut author portrait, 1/1v table, 1/4v blank; 2/1r blank, 2/1v author's dedicatory letter, 2/2r Breviarium decretorum, 15/10v blank; 16/1r table, 16/2v blank, 16/3r Breviarium decretalium, 17/5v colophon, 17/6 blank). 134 leaves. 2/2-17/5 with printed foliation II-CXXIX. 50 lines and headline, double column (3 columns in tables). Printed marginalia in inner and outer margins. Types: 2:115G (incipits of treatises, headlines on 16/3-17/5), 4:71G (text and marginalia), small heavy Lombards used for headings and foliation. Four- to ten-line initial spaces, with printed guide-letters. Rubricated with red Lombard initials; woodcut with red highlights. (First leaf darkened with repair to blank corner, dampstains, some worming especially to beginning and end.) Contemporary blind-tooled half leather over wooden boards (rebacked and repaired, large circular bookplate removed from pastdown); two clasps; contemporary title lettered on front cover and on head- and tail-edges of bookblock; vellum sewing guards cut from a small-format manuscript breviary.
Provenance: S. Rishimer, who was perhaps the rubricator: name signed boldly in red ink on 1/1r -- Gustavo Camillo Galletti: inkstamp on 1/2r -- Baron Horace de Landau: bookplate.
Third edition and the first of two editions published by Kunne. The text was copied, with some differences of layout, from that of the first edition by Leonardus Pachel and Ulrich Scinzenzeler (Milan, 28 August 1479 [Goff P-178]). The woodcut is a close copy of the one which appeared in the first edition and also in Paulus' Quadragesimale (Milan: Pachel and Scinzenzeler, 10 September 1479 [Goff P-182]). This was the first author portrait to appear in a printed book, and its use in the present edition was the first appearance of a Renaissance woodcut in a German book. The initials under the figure identify the subject as "Magister Paulus Florentinus ordinis Sancti Spiritus". A member of the humanistic circle associated with Lorenzo de' Medici and Marsilio Ficino, Paulus was praised by Ficino for his culture and eloquence, which Ficino likened to the lyre of Orpheus.
Albrecht Kunne, after founding the first press in Trent, settled in Memmingen as the first printer there. He was perhaps drawn to Memmingen by its paper mill, the existence of which is attested as early as 1475. Kunne's first dated Memmingen edition was produced in 1482, and he continued active as a printer until 1519. His press was quite prolific, producing more than 130 editions.
H 7161*; BMC II, 604 (IB. 11043); BSB-Ink. A-811; CIBN P-58; Harvard/Walsh 979-980; Pr 2780; Schreiber 4901; Goff P-180.