The Fine Young Incunables

MEDIAVILLA, RICHARDUS DE. Commentum super quarto sententiarum. (ed. by Franciscus Gregorius). Venice: Dionysius Bertochus, 10 November 1489.

Folio, 217 (first leaf blank, without last blank leaf). Roman type; 2 columns; 64 lines; capital spaces with guide letters; rubricated with initials provided in red by a fine contemporary hand; few tiny round worm holes in first few leaves; small marginal worm hole in top margin of a few leaves. Fine fresh wide margined copy. Early blind tooled pigskin backed wooden boards; at a later time the boards were covered with leaves from an incunable and spine labels added.

FIRST EDITION to be edited by Franciscus Gregorius of this commentary on the Sentencesof Peter Lombard written in 1294 by the English theologian and philosopher Richard Middleton (or Mediavilla; ca. 1249-1308?) who was a leading Franciscan teacher of the thirteenth century.

Midddleton served as chancellor for several years from 1269 to 1272 and taught theology at Oxford and Paris.

 LOCHER, Jakob. Libri philomusi. Panegyrici ad Rege(m). Tragedia de Thurcis et Suldano. Dyalog de heresiarchis. Strassburg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, 1497.

to, 61 (of 62 leaves) with 19 (2 full-page) woodcuts from 16 wood blocks. Lacking last leaf with colophon (on rector with blank verso); title in Gothic, text in Roman type with, 3 Greek words printed as woodcuts. 19th century half vellum. FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION of this Strasbourg incunable. The text consists of three long works and a number of shorter works in poetry and prose by the court poet Jakob Locher (1471-1528). Of particular interest is the middle poetical work, “Tragedia de Thurcis et Suldano“, which consists of an early admonition against the Turks in five acts (dated id. Maiis, 1497).

MARTIALIS, Marcus Valerius. Epigrammata. (with commentary by Domitius Calderinus). Venice: (Printer of the 1480 Martial), 1480.

Folio, [223] leaves (instead of 224; without last blank). Roman type; 57 lines; capital spaces; ownership inscription on first blank page; marginal annotations in an early hand; first few leaves with some minor marginal handsoiling; few very minor dampstain in outer blank margin of last few leaves; some tiny round worm holes at end of volume (not affecting text). Contemporary blind tooled calf over wooden boards (rebacked and without clasps or 4 bosses).

Early printed edition of Martial with the commentary by Calderinus which was first printed in 1474 by De Colonia and Manthen.

ALBERTUS MAGNUS, Saint. [Paradisus animae] De veris et perfectis virtutibus alias Paradisus animae nuncupatus. (Strassburg): (Martin Flach), (10 July 1498).

4to, [36] leaves, including final blank leaf. Gothic type; 2 columns; spaces left for capitals with guide letters; few very minor smudges and tiny marginal damp stains; old printed book label of Sauveur-Jérôme Morand in blank portion of last text page.

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