Pontificale Romanum. Edited by Jacobus de Lutiis and Johannes Burchardus. Rome: Stephan Plannck, 16 August 1497.
Median 2° (339 x 234mm). Collation: \Kp\k4 A-Z8 A-D8 E-F6 (\Kp\k1r blank, \Kp\k1v editor's address to Cardinal Raphael Riarius, \Kp\k2r dedication by Augustinus Patritius to Pope Innocent VIII, reprinted from 1485 edition, \Kp\k3r table, a1r text, F4v colophon and register, F5r errata, F6 blank). 231 (of 232, without final blank) leaves. 37 lines and foliation. Type: 7:132G. Printed in red and black, the red printed after the black, printed music on staves, woodcut initials, lombard initials, 4- to 9-line initial spaces. (Very light soiling on first leaf.) Contemporary Cologne binding of blindstamped calf over wooden boards by Kyriss shop 96, tooled with Kyriss stamps 1 and 6 and Kyriss roll 7, 2 fore-edge catches without clasps, with rear pastedown of a manuscript document publishing a ruling by the Archbishop of Cologne prohibiting canons from blessing church bells, signed by Tylmanus Slecht, 1494 (worn, rebacked). Provenance: flyleaf inscription dated 1806; Charles Louis de Bourbon, comte de Villefranche (liturgical library bookplate).
SECOND EDITION. The printing of liturgical books was highly specialised, owing in particular to the difficulties encountered in printing music. Plannck was the main liturgical book printer at Rome in the final 15 years of the 15th century; 'his books reveal a high standard of fine and exact craftmanship' (Meyer-Baer, p. xxxv). He employed a superior technique in the printing of the 1497 Pontificale, whereby the staves consist of single column-width rules. They were printed with the rubrics after the notes had been printed with the text. HC *13287=13286; BMC IV, 99 (IB. 18581); CIBN P-580; IGI 8021; Meyer-Baer 230; Goff P-934.