PETRUS LOMBARDUS (ca. 1100-1160). Sententiarum libri IV. With the commentary of St. Bonaventura and the table of Johannes Beckenhaub. Edited by Johannes Beckenhaub. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1500.
5 parts in 2 volumes, chancery 2o (305 x 212 mm). Collation: (table) A-C8 D6 E-K8 L6 (A1r title, A1v blank, A2r table, L5v list of articles pronounced in error by the English and Parisian faculties); (part I) a-s8 (a1r title, a1v editor's preface and poem on Peter Lombard and Bonaventura, a2r prefatory letter to the editor and laudatory poem by Nicolaus Tinctoris, a2v spurious letter from Jacobus Wimpheling addressed to those interested in theology, a3r text, s4r table of quaestiones, s8 blank); (part II) A-Z8 Q8 (A1r title, A1v blank, A2r text, Q5r table, Q8v blank); (part III) Aa-Vv8 Xx6 (Aa1r title, Aa1v blank, Aa2r text, Xx3v table, Xx6v blank); (part IV) aa-zz8 8 (aa1r title, aa1v blank, aa2r text, 4r colophon, 4v table, 8v blank). 84, 144, 166, 192 leaves. Double or quadruple column, text with commentary surround or flanked by commentary, printed marginalia. 79 lines of commentary and headline. Types: 13:130G; 21:74G (with capitals of 19:71G); 20:63G. 12-, 5- and 3-line initial spaces, most with printed guide-letters. Each section opening with a blue and red divided initial with pearled decoration and flourishes, smaller red and blue Lombards, occasional underlines. Rubricator's date of 1503 on the title-page of each volume. (Slight dust-soiling to upper margins, a few very minor marginal tears, small stains to Ll3 obscuring a few letters, occasional dampstaining in Part IV.)
Binding: contemporary blind-tooled deerskin over wooden boards, bound at Leipzig by Kyriss shop 102, covers with central panel of Rautengerank (Kyriss 103:3 = Schwenke-Sammlung 86) and artichoke tools (Kyriss 1) framed by a flower and strawberry roll (Kyriss 3=Schwenke-Sammlung Ranke 181); each volume with a pair of brass and leather fore-edge clasps inscribed with the abbreviated contents of the volume in a contemporary hand, dark-stained parchment index tabs, spines painted gray at the Dominican monastery of Eger, with contents ("P. Beckenhaub" and "S. Bonaventura") and shelfmarks in large colored capitals; spine linings cut from a 14th-century(?) missal (covers soiled and rubbed with some scrapes, old repair to upper cover of vol. I).
Provenance: note of purchase dated 17 on first title in vol. I (Emi hos libros pro iii Marcis Gorliczen monete Anno etc. xvii) -- some early marginalia -- Bernard Thanner: 16th-century signature at foot of each first title, notes on the text and other works on vol. I title -- Eger (Bohemia), Dominicans of St. Wenceslaus: 18th-century inscriptions on first title of each volume -- Helmut Schieck: modern bookplates -- Graf Konrad Reuttner von Weyl: sale, Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 31 October 1985, lot 82 (to Lathrop Harper).
Third Koberger edition, the second to contain Bonaventura's commentary and the table of Johannes Beckenhaub. Complete copies are rare. HC 3543*; CIBN B-624; Harvard/Walsh 764; Polain(B) 797 (giving erroneous collation of the Table); Goff P-488.