(Basel: Nicolaus Kesler, 1503). 211 x 140 mm. (8 1/4 x 5 1/2").  leaves.
CONTEMPORARY GERMAN BLIND-STAMPED PIGSKIN OVER WOODEN BOARDS, leather on covers stamped with alternating vertical rows of lozenge stamps with a dog (Kyriss Taf. 189, #1) or pierced heart (Kyriss Taf. 189, #4) and rosette (Kyriss Taf. 189, #2, #6) stamps, thin brass strips nailed over the edge of the leather on the wooden boards, raised bands, paper title label, original brass fore-edge clasp, a strip of 11th century manuscript used in the binding visible at front hinge. Title page with large woodcut "I H S" (the monogram of Christ), surrounded by roundels of the symbols of the four Evangelists, woodcut printer's device in colophon. Title page inscribed "J. V. C. T. / B. H. Z. S. / 1682" (abbreviated motto and initials of Bernhard I, Duke of Saxony-Meiningen, see below); verso of title with printed emblem laid onto tail margin; frequent marginalia in a neat contemporary hand. Adams M-322; Graesse IV, 359; VD16 M 478. For the binding: Kyriss 93, Taf. 189, st. 1, 2, 4, 6; Schwenke-Schunke II, 78; EBDB w000112. Pigskin slightly soiled, joints a little worn, title page and two quires lightly browned, occasional marginal smudges, rust spots, or other trivial imperfections, but a very nearly fine copy nevertheless, clean and crisp internally, in a solid, well-preserved binding.
This handsome volume contains the pedagogical writing of an Italian humanist educator, printed by a guild master in Basel, bound in Erfurt, Thuringia, and once owned by the first Duke of Saxony-Meiningen. Antonio Mancinelli (1452-1505) taught rhetoric and grammar in Venice, Rome, Orvieto, and at a school he founded in his hometown of Velletri. His textbooks on the subjects, and his scholarly commentaries on Roman and Latin literature were widely printed, making him one of the most published humanist authors of the 15th century. The present collection of his texts bears the neat ink annotations of a 16th century scholar. Our book made its way to the Thuringia region in central Germany, where it was bound by an Erfurt workshop active from 1490 to about 1520. The book was still in that region more than a century later, when it became part of the collection of Bernhard I, Duke [Herzog] of Saxony-Meiningen, a scholarly man who built an impressive library at his residence, Schloss Elizabethenburg. The duke marked his books with the initials of his motto, I. V. C. T. ("In vulneribus Christi triumpho," or "I triumph in the wounds of Christ"), and his name and title, Bernhard Herzog von Sachsen-Meiningen, as well as the date of acquisition. Apart from a little soiling to the pigskin, our volume is little changed from the days it graced the ducal library in Meiningen. (ST14264)
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