POMUM CRUCIS S. BONAVENTURE.

(Venetiis [Venice]: P[er] Simone[m] de Lue[re], 1508). 162 x 108 mm. (6 1/2 x 4 1/4"). [76] leaves (final leaf blank).

Contemporary blind-stamped calf, smooth spine, no pastedowns or endleaves (lacking clasps). With two small woodcut initials. Title printed in red and the letters arranged in the shape of a cross; inside of upper cover with old library marking ink; leather turn-in with ink ownership inscriptions beginning "ego . . ." (but the rest difficult to decipher); first page (title) and last leaf (blank) with extensive early notes. STC Italian, p. 103. Leather somewhat abraded and wormed, other signs of use, first quire starting to loosen, but the binding still secure and with significant antique charm; minor marginal worming, occasional trivial smudging and the faintest of dampstains, but the vast majority of the contents surprisingly clean and bright.

Erroneously attributed to Bonaventure, this extraordinarily rare text is a commentary on Matthew chapters 26 & 27, in which the Apostle relates the events of the Passion. Though obviously subjected to some use over the years, the binding has protected the contents surprisingly well, and additional interest can be found in the extensive notes and early inscriptions written by previous owners. We could not find much information about our Venetian printer, Simon de Luere, but we do know that he was active from about 1489-1519 and often worked for Andrea Torresano (who had purchased the press of Nicholas Jenson--surely the greatest Italian printer of the 15th century). We were unable to trace any copy of any edition of this work sold at auction.
(ST16379-093)