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Floretus. by (INCUNABLE - ACCIPIUS WOODCUT) BERNARDUS CLARVALLENSIS (pseudo-) - Signed First Edition - 1491 - from Knuf Rare Books (SKU: 100813)


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1491. (Cologne, Heinrich Quentell, not after 1491). With a splendid nearly full-page title woodcut of a teacher instructing two pupils, a scroll with inscription above, a dove perched on his shoulder and an open book before him. Printed in Gothic type. Capital Spaces. 35 - 45 lines and head-line to the page. 56 leaves. 4to. 20th century boards covered with an early printed leaf, printed paper spine label. A light marginal waterstain to a very few leaves. A few leaves very slightly browned. Contemporary handwritten marginal annotations and some underlinings, in at least two different hands, one signed by Gebhardus Rem(m)inger (leaf 24 recto). Library stamp inside front cover of F. Fasting, Rio de Janeiro. A well preserved incunable. First edition with commentary of this often reprinted schoolbook. And the first version of the beautiful 'accipius' woodcut, with a scroll inscribed: 'Accipies tanti doctoris dogmata sancti'. Heinrich Quentell used this 'magister cum discipulis' woodcut for the first time in 1490, and in the following year numerous schoolbooks were illustrated with comparable woodcuts. The 'Floretus' consists of a text in rhythmic prose for easy memorization and an anonymous explanatory commentary. The work is ascribed to Saint Bernard (1090 - 1153), Abbot of Clairvaux, which under his direction soon became one of the chief centres of the Cistercian Order. The basic Christian tenets in this work include a.o. the following subjects: 'De pr(a)eceptis iuris scripti', 'De peccato gul(a)e et de malis sequentibus ebrietatem', 'De somno et vigilia', 'De custodia quinque sensuum, gustus, odoratus, auditus, visio, tactus'. [c.f. Hain-Copinger 2912; GWK 4004; BMC I, 276; Goff B-392; Janauschek no. 167; Not in IDL; for the fine accipius woodcut see: Schreiber No. 3431, Schramm VIII 20, and Schreiber-Heitz No. 18].


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Knuf Rare books was founded in the 1950s by Frits Knuf in the Netherlands.  After an apprenticeship with Frits I took over the firm in 1996 which we then moved to France in 2001 where we are still based. The business is run from our home in Lavardin, one of the most beautiful villages of France located  in the Loire Valley, that can easily be reached from Paris. Visitors are most welcome, but by appointment please. I am interested in the History of the Book and have a good inventory of rare and uncommon printed books, ephemeral items, prints and manuscripts from the incunable period to the twentieth century. My stock is especially strong in early auction- and library catalogues, type specimens, continental printer’s and engravers manuals, calligraphy manuals. Another interest is early continental architecture books and early art auction catalogues. Every year I issue two fully illustrated and annotated printed catalogues that are sent out upon request. In addition to that I also send out short email lists every week with a selection of books about books from our stock. And of course, I exhibit at several major international book fairs, such as New York, Boston and Paris. We work mainly with institutional customers, and are happy to discuss special institutional requirements. I adhere strictly to the professional standards and code of conduct of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM),  and the Compagnie Nationale des Experts (CNE) to which I belong. I have been an international rare book dealer for over 25 years and am a member of the Nederlands Genootschap van Bibliofielen. If you want to buy or sell single books or whole collections, have an expert valuation or if would just like some advice, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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