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De Laudibus Sanctae Crucis: (Magnencii Rabani Mauri. De laudibus sancte Crucis opus. erudicione versu prosaque mirificum) by Rabanus Maurus (Hrabanus/Rhabanus) / Jakob Wimpfeling (Ed.) - 1st Edition  - 1503 - from Tarrington Books and Biblio.com

De Laudibus Sanctae Crucis: (Magnencii Rabani Mauri. De laudibus sancte Crucis opus. erudicione versu prosaque mirificum)

by Rabanus Maurus (Hrabanus/Rhabanus) / Jakob Wimpfeling (Ed.)

Condition: Very Good


Pforzheim: Thomas Anshelm, 1503. 1st Edition . Very Good. 8.25 x 12 inches (21 x 30 cm). Quarter contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards. Wormholes to binding. Spine rubbed, vertical crease and old paper labels. Lacking clasps. Text has worming throughout, with some short worm trails affecting the text. Bookplate to front pastedown (Michael Tomkinson, Franche Hall, Worcestershire). Roman letter printed in red and black, two woodcuts (two monks kneeling before the Pope; the author presenting his book to Pope Gregory IV). Thirty full-page xylographic and typographic figurative verses. The poems are rendered using a combination of ordinary type, rules and woodcut figures, with the highlighted portions printed in red. Thomas Anshelm of Baden started printing in Strasbourg in 1488 and established the first press in Pforzheim c.1500. Rabanus Mauris, the Carolingian churchman and Divine was born of noble parents in Mainz in 784, he became Archbishop of Mainz in 847. De Laudibus Sanctae Crucis (In Praise of the Holy Cross) is one of his most enduring works, a collection of poems that present the holy cross in word and image. Written around 810, the work passed down to the middle ages in at least 80 manuscripts, the most famous of which is the Vatican's Reginensis Latinus 124 from c.825. This 1503 edition represents the first appearance of the work in print and was one of the earliest books printed in Pforzheim. A fine early example of figure poetry/technopaegnia/calligrams. Provenance: Sotheby's, London, 6 July 1922, lot 1818 (The Extensive & Valuable Library of Michael Tomkinson). Adams R3; Proctor 11747. Overall condition is Very Good. Size: 8.25 x 12 inches (21 x 30 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: Small Folio. 170pp (85 leaves: Aa6, Bb4, a-i6, k6, A-B6, C3)


  • Bookseller: Tarrington Books GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 9000E200
  • Title: De Laudibus Sanctae Crucis: (Magnencii Rabani Mauri. De laudibus sancte Crucis opus. erudicione versu prosaque mirificum)
  • Author: Rabanus Maurus (Hrabanus/Rhabanus) / Jakob Wimpfeling (Ed.)
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Thomas Anshelm
  • Place: Pforzheim
  • Date published: 1503
  • Keywords: Post incunabula, religious, spiritual, poetry, verse, poems, technopaegnia, figure poetry, figurative verse, pattern poetry, visual poetry, concrete poetry, calligram Religion_Spirituality
  • Bookseller catalogs: Fine Bindings; Religion, Spirituality & New Age;
  • Subjects: RELIGION / Bible / General;
  • Size: 8.25 x 12 inches (21 x 30 cm)


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