(Venetiis [Venice]: Petrum de Parenghis Pergomensem [Pietro Quarengi], 1510). 205 x 145 mm. (8 x 5 3/4").  leaves (title excised and mounted on new leaf; lacking final blank, and with modern blank inserted before final leaf of text). Text complete.
Contemporary stiff vellum, raised bands, ink titling to spine. EDIT16 CNCE 22986; USTC 762170. Boards tending to splay, A2 and L11 with small marginal repairs, very minor signs of use to binding and text, but an appealing copy with nothing approaching a serious defect, the contents generally clean and fresh, and the original unrestored binding pleasing.
This is an uncommon printing of one of the fundamental texts of scholastic theology, long attributed to Albertus Magnus, but now confidently ascribed to Hugo Ripelin, a Dominican theologian. According to the Cambridge University exhibit "Scholastic philosophers and theologians: 800 years of Dominican books," it is "the most extensively read Dominican work of theology" aside from the works of Thomas Aquinas. Written between 1261 and 1268, it was first printed by Johann Sensenschmidt of Nuremberg ca. 1469. The work comprises seven books on the nature of God, the creation of the world, the nature of sin, the Incarnation, Grace, the Sacraments, and the Four Last Things. One of the earliest Alsatian Dominicans, Ripelin (ca. 1205-68) entered a monastery in Strassburg as a young man, becoming subprior there in 1232. He spent some years in the same position at the Dominican house in Zurich, before returning to Strassburg ca. 1260, where he began the present work and served as prior of his old monastery. Our edition was printed by Pietro Quarengi, who established a press in Venice in 1492 and continued in business there until 1517, issuing around 100 titles. Copies of post-incunabular editions like ours are uncommonly encountered. (ST16379-047)
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