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TWO ESSAYS ON THE DECRETUM OF GRATIAN by  HELLMUT and CHARLES McCURRY  PETER SCHOEFFER).  LEHMANN-HAUPT - No. 17 OF 193 COPIES - 1971 - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: ST15605)

TWO ESSAYS ON THE DECRETUM OF GRATIAN

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TWO ESSAYS ON THE DECRETUM OF GRATIAN

by (LEAF BOOK - INCUNABULA, PETER SCHOEFFER). LEHMANN-HAUPT, HELLMUT and CHARLES McCURRY

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Los Angeles and San Francisco: Printed by Saul and Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press for Zeitlin & Ver Brugge and Bernard M. Rosenthal, 1971. No. 17 OF 193 COPIES. Book: 500 x 340 mm. (19 3/4 x 13 1/2"); Leaf: 483 x 330 mm. (19 x 13"). [9] leaves of text, including colophon. Vellum backed marbled paper boards (lacking the original slipcase). Facsimile of original colophon printed in red with device and blue paragraph flourish. Printed in red and black. WITH AN ORIGINAL LEAF PRINTED ON VELLUM BY PETER SCHOEFFER AT MAINZ IN 1472. Variations in grain of the vellum on the spine, but the book in mint condition; short slit to fore edge margin and a touch of dust-soiling to edge, but THE VELLUM LEAF IN FINE CONDITION--quite fresh with excellent margins. This is a very attractive production containing a fine vellum specimen from one of the most important printers of the 15th century, a person with direct ties to Gutenberg who was active for virtually the entire incunabular period. Our copy contains a very handsome leaf, printed in red and black in four columns (text in the middle columns, flanked by narrower columns of commentary) and embellished with hand-painted headlines and paragraph flourishes as well as hand-painted initials of various sizes in red or blue. The main text is set in Schoeffer's 1462 "Bible type," generally considered to be his most beautiful and important typeface. The leaf has very ample margins that show clearly all four pinholes, left behind by the printer's pins (called "points") that held the sheet in place while it was being imprinted. (According to BMC I, xv, the presence of four pinholes dates the leaf before the second half of 1474, when the printer began to secure his sheets with two points only.) The two short essays making up the text here are useful commentaries on the printer himself and on the origins, substance, and significance of Gratian's "Decretum," the foundation of Roman church law for more than five centuries. Schoeffer (ca. 1425-ca. 1502) was the son-in-law of Johann Fust, who financed and later took over the press of Gutenberg. Schoeffer managed the press for his father-in-law, ran it after Fust died (ca. 1466), and continued to produce books from it until the first years of the 16th century.

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Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
ST15605
Title
TWO ESSAYS ON THE DECRETUM OF GRATIAN
Author
(LEAF BOOK - INCUNABULA, PETER SCHOEFFER). LEHMANN-HAUPT, HELLMUT and CHARLES McCURRY
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
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Edition
No. 17 OF 193 COPIES
Publisher
Printed by Saul and Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press for Zeitlin & Ver Brugge and Bernard M. Rosenthal
Place of Publication
Los Angeles and San Francisco
Date published
1971
Keywords
Schoeffer

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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material (both because this approach made the work more educational than otherwise and because it gave him a good excuse for not being an expert in any particular specialty). Over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.

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