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PELBARTUS de Themeswar. Expositio compendiosa et familiaris: sensus litteralem & mysticum complectens libri psalmorum... item expositio Canticorum... Hagenau: Heinrich Gran for Johannes Rynman, 31 May 1504.
2o (292 x 208 mm). Partly rubricated and with initials supplied in red. (Minor chipping to blank margins of title, marginal staining to the first half of text.) CONTEMPORARY MONASTIC ARMORIAL BLINDSTAMPED PIGSKIN BY THE WORKSHOP OF THE CHARTERHOUSE OF GÜTERSTEIN over bevelled wooden boards, floral and fleur-de-lys border surrounding a panel diapered by intersecting triple fillets, forming a rhomboid pattern filled with lozenge-shaped eagle and star tools, with the central intersection stamped with the quartered arms of Württemberg and Montbeliard and rosettes on other intersections, brass claps and catchplates (light worming, small portion of pigskin on upper cover missing). Provenance: Carthusia in Buxheim (ink ownership inscription on title); Bibliothek Buxheim (ink library stamp on title).
FIRST EDITION of Pelbartus's psalter commentary. Kyriss (vol. I, pp. 15-16 and pl. 19) found bindings of the Charterhouse of Güterstein on books published between 1471-1496. Because this later example displays the characteristic quartered coat-of-arms, it seems that the workshop continued its production until 1534 when the monastery was dissolved and its library passed to the Charterhouse of Buxheim. Adams P-556.
TRITHEMIUS, Johannes. Sermones et exhortationes ad monachos. Strassburg: J. Knoblouch for J. Haselberger, 25 August 1516. 2o.
FIRST EDITION. In his sermons preached to the monks in the benedict cloister in Sponheim near Bad Kreuznach, Trithemius (1462-1516) makes references to the invention of printing at Mainz and concerning the rebuilding of the library in Sponheim. Of interest for the history of the development of the copyright is the Privilege in which Haselberger is granted the exclusive rights to the printing of any of Trithemius works.
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