17 April 2000
BARTHOLOMAEUS PISANUS (d. 1401). Quadragesimale de contemptu mundi. Edited by Joannes Maria Mapellus. Milan: Uldericus Scinzenzeler, 1498.
Chancery 4o (192 x 133 mm). Collation: a8 [b]10; a-r8 (a1r title, a1v blank, a2r dedication, a3r table of sermons, a4r alphabetical table, b10 blank; a1r text, r8v colophon, register, printer's device). 153 leaves (of 154, without a1 title). 44 lines and headline, double column. Types: 8:92G, 12:69bG. Three- and nine-line initial spaces, with printed guide-letters. Printer's device B. (Marginal repairs to a2, wormtrack in a few quires.) Modern morocco, top edge gilt and gauffered, by Podesta (hinges rubbed, spine faded).
Provenance: early inscription erased from a2r -- Paul Louis Feiss: book label.
FIRST EDITION and the only incunable edition of this collection of Lenten sermons by the Franciscan Bartholomaeus of Pisa.
HC 2530*; BMC VI, 775 (IA. 26787); BSB-Ink. B-110; CIBN B-112; GW 3449; IGI 1266; Pr 6042; Goff B-168.
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