THOMAS AQUINAS (Saint, ca. 1225-1274). Summa theologiae. Pars tertia. With additions attributed to Albertus de Brixia (d. 1314). Venice: Bernardinus Stagninus, de Tridino, 10 April 1486.
Super-chancery 2o (314 x 215 mm). Collation: a-p8 q-r6 (a1 blank, r4r table of contents to the tertia parte, r6v quire register); aa-ll8 mm8 s2 (aa1 Additiones, mm8v colophon and quire register, tabula additionum). 230 leaves. 70 lines and headline, double column. Types: 7:160GA (headlines, opening line of text), 6:68G. 3- to 9-line initial spaces with printed guide letters. Opening 9-line initials to each part respectively in blue with red pen-work infill and flourishes, and in parti-colored red and blue, remaining initials and paragraph marks alternately in red and blue. (Minor worming to first 2 and last 3 quires, small dampstain in lower gutter margins of first few quires.)
Binding: contemporary Austrian or South German blind-stamped calf over wooden boards, sides with border of repeated rectangular leafy tools framing a panel divided into lozenges and triangles by intersecting triple blind rules, the sides of the compartments each stamped with a small Kopfstempel tool, small rosette at center of each compartment joined to the angles by incised double lines forming a leafy effect, two chased brass fore-edge catches, vellum spine liners and sewing guards from fragments of one or more 15th-century manuscripts (very worn, spine perished exposing two single cords at top and bottom and three double cords, covers rubbed, lacking clasps).
Provenance: a few contemporary marginalia -- (Oswald Weigel, Leipzig bookseller, inkstamp).
Fifth edition, the third printed in Italy, of the third part of Aquinas' great theological synthesis, containing his teachings regarding Christ as man's path to God. This edition reprints Colonia and Manthen's 1478 edition, the first to contain the Additiones, attributed to the Dominican Albertus of Brescia, an early follower of Thomas Aquinas. The long and entirely Venetian printing career of Bernardino Stagnino, a native of Trino in the Marquisate of Monferrato and a relative of the Giolito family of printers, spanned five and a half decades, and included over 90 editions printed between 1483 and 1500. Stagnino's primary business was probably bookselling rather than printing, and his agents were reported at the Frankfurt book fair in 1489 and 1505 (BMC V, p. xxx).
Stagnino's first books appeared in 1483; in 1484, after collaborating with Herbort de Seligenstadt on an edition of Angelus de Gambilionibus, Super institutiones (GW 10503), he inherited a portion of the latter's typographic material. According to BMC, the type of the present edition appears in no others. The tools on this binding, while resembling Wind Kopfstempel 8 and his rechteckige Stempel 287, are of slightly different dimensions and cannot be attributed to a specific bindery.
HC 1470*; BMC V, 364 (IB.22121); Harvard/Walsh 2071; IGI 9602; Pr 4826; Goff T-222.