21 March 2005
PLANTIN PRESS -- Index librorum qui ex Typographia Plantiniana prodierunt. Antwerp: widow and sons of Johannes Moretus at the Officina Plantiniana, 1615.
8o (164 x 100 mm). Two final leaves blank (the last used as pastedown). Printer's woodcut device on title. (Title stained). Contemporary vellum. Provenance: two ownership inscriptions erased (one dated 1707).
The EXTREMELY RARE eighth and most comprehensive of the Plantin catalogues, arranged by language and subject with a supplement of the most recent titles. At two divisions pages have been left blank for manuscript additions. "The Masters of the Golden Compasses never specified what criteria they followed when compiling their lists. They did not list all their publications and probably the deciding factor was which books were actually in stock in their storerooms at Antwerp (and possibly at Frankfurt). Only the 1615 catalogue does not conform to this rule, for it listed older works that could no longer be supplied, marking them with an asterisk. This catalogue therefore was more than a purely utilitarian book-list and on the way to being a bibliography. It discloses the hand of that scholarly master of the firm, Balthasar I Moretus" (Voet, Golden Compasses II, 424). Blogie I, 624.
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