7 June 2006
THOMAS AQUINAS (c.1225-1274). Super Epistolas Pauli Commentaria. Paris: Jean Petit for Nicolas Savetier, 11 September 1526.
2° (281 x 200mm). Title printed in red and black, large woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut criblé initials, gothic type, double column, with final blank. Contemporary German blindstamped pigskin over bevelled wooden boards, two fore-edge clasps, five-link metal chain with round eyelet attached to rear board by metal hasp, saints' roll dated 1528, paper title label on front cover and spine (labels worn, back cover rubbed). Provenance: Johannes Hegda, Franciscan brother (inscription dated 1530) -- Eger, Minorite convent (early title inscription) -- Vicomte Amaury de Ghellinck d'Elseghem-Vaernewyck, Elseghem Castle (1851-1919; bookplate).
CONTEMPORARY CHAINED BINDING, evocative of the value placed on a book by an institution ensuring the security of the volume as well as the availability of its text. Renouard, Inv.chron., III, 1103.
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