(Los Angeles: Zeitlin & Ver Brugge; London: H. M. Fletcher, 1981). 390 x 280 mm. (15 3/8 x 11"). 2 p.l., 30 pp.,  leaves. Leaf with double column, 50 lines in roman type.Edited by Bennett Gilbert. No. 49 OF 300 COPIES.
Original vellum-backed marbled paper boards, gilt titling on spine. Title page with woodcut vignette of Jerome and his lion printed in red. WITH AN ORIGINAL LEAF FROM THE LETTERS OF ST. JEROME, PRINTED BY SIXTUS REISSINGER, secured in a pocket at front. Prospectus and letter from publisher laid in at front. De Hamel and Silver, "Disbound & Dispersed" 170. Lower corners slightly bumped, naturally occurring variations in the color of the vellum, the Jerome leaf with minor dampstaining along one edge, but a fine copy and a fresh, bright leaf with generous margins.
This attractively printed and designed leaf book features a fine leaf from the editio princeps of the letters of St. Jerome, believed by some scholars to be the first book printed at Rome. After much debate, Sixtus Reissinger was agreed upon as the printer, and the Jerome was determined to be the first of four books the German printed at Rome before he established the first printing press in Naples in 1471. The leaf book contains two essays, "Jerome, The Classic Correspondent" by Adams, and "Impressum apud Ruessinger" by Sharpe, and is set in Monotype Janson and letterpress-printed on Frankfurt Cream Paper by Patrick Reagh and Vance Gerry. (ST16379-160)
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PJP Catalog: CA21VBF.036