THOMAS AQUINAS (Saint, ca. 1225-1274). Summa theologiae. Pars secunda: Prima pars. Venice: Andreas Torresanus, de Asula, et Socii, 1483.
Super-chancery 2o (308 x 208 mm). Collation: a-z8 8 6 (a1 blank, a2r text, 6v colophon); 6 (1r table of contents, 5v register with printer's device, 6 blank). 204 leaves. 60 lines plus headline, double column. Types: 4:150G (headlines and first lines of chapters), 1:105G (some signatures), 3:74G (text). Torresanus' woodcut device A printed in red. Initial spaces, a few with printed guide letters. Large opening initial supplied in parti-colored red and blue with red and green filigree infill and flourishes in red; Lombard initials, a few flourished or with reserved decoration, and paragraph marks in red, two initials [k7r, p3r] in blue, a few initials in quire p in outline only, a few chapter headings highlighted in yellow (quires p, u). Fol. b7 misbound immediately preceding its conjugate b2, sheets 2.5 and 3.4 bound in each other's place. (Fol. a1 irregularly remargined, large marginal repairs to a2-4 and a6, upper margin of last two leaves repaired, slightly affecting text, dampstaining, trace of removed bookplate on first blank.) Contemporary Spanish blind-stamped dark brown calf over wooden boards, sides panelled with blind fillets, upper cover with diaper roll border, lower cover with border of repeated knotwork tool, central panel bisected diagonally by a triple fillet, framed by repeated hatched ovoid tools on upper cover only, the compartments sparsely decorated with repeated 4-point stars and small circles, spine plain, pair of brass fore-edge catches preserved, pastedowns from two different 14th-century manuscripts on vellum, text edges cut down and speckled at a later date (the binding possibly a remboîtage, lacking clasps, head and tail of spine restored, a few small cracks and small repairs to covers, spine worn and cracked, modern leather lettering-piece).
Provenance: contemporary Spanish ownership inscription at end (Este libro... Fray Blasou [or Blasa] e esta a la disposicio del provincial de santiago) -- later Spanish collational notes -- a few contemporary and later Latin marginalia -- New York, The Cloisters, Durrell Sumner Parker Collection (blindstamp on first leaf).
Third edition, the second printed in Italy. Andreas Torresanus de Asola, whose highly successful career lasted well into the 16th century, was associated with Petrus de Plasiis and Bartholomaeus de Blavis for about six months in 1480-81, before forming a new partnership with de Blavis and Maphaeus de Paterbonis that lasted until 1486. From then on Torresanus continued as sole proprietor of the press and as a publisher employing other presses. Most of the gothic types used by Torresanus during the first decade of his activity, including the founts used here, were acquired from the Jenson/Colonia firm, for whom he had printed a few editions in 1481. The first two versions of Torresanus' device are the earliest of numerous imitations of the Jenson firm's famous printers' mark. Torresano's career was closely linked to those of the two most celebrated Venetian printers: in 1499 his daughter married Aldus Manutius, and upon his son-in-law's death in 1515 he succeeded to the firm.
HC(+Add) 1449*; BMC V, 306 (IB. 21607); CIBN T-173; Harvard/Walsh 1883; IGI 9582; Pr 4700; Goff T-205.