801. [Switzerland - Basel]

Biblia latina (cum postillis Hugonis de Sancto Caro).

[Basel, Johann Amerbach, for Anton Koberger, not after 1500]

Part 3 (of 7), folio: [266] ff., 71 ll. (title fully underl., dampstaining on upper and lower margins of first quires towards the gutter, upper margins of quires a & b partly strengthened, sm. wormtrack on lower left part touching some letters, some min. dampstaining throughout).

Nice late 15th-c. German binding: blindst. pigskin over wood (corners repaired), spine with 4 raised bands (head and tail repaired), clasps and catches pres., mod. endpapers.

First edition of the Bible with the massive commentary or postilla by Hugo de Sancto Caro. The French Dominican (ca. 1200-1263) was the central figure in the intense campaign of biblical studies carried out by the Dominicans of Paris in the 13th c. He was lecturer in theology at the convent of Saint-Jacques in Paris and climbed the hierarchy becoming Provincial of France and afterwards Cardinal Priest by Innocent IV in 1244. His massive commentary was late in reaching print and slightly overtaken in popularity by the equally impressive commentary of the Franciscan Nicholas of Lyra in the 14th c. The complete edition was produced over five years (1498-1502), which was a giant enterprise, but enjoyed a long life being reprinted as late as the early 18th c. Vulgate text in 2 col. surrounded by Hugo's commentary in 2 col. Initial spaces with printed guide letters of which some rubricated. Colophon only at the end of the final volume.
Ref. ISTC ib00610000. - GW 4285. - Goff B610. - Polain 684 (mentions N8 for the third last quire and not N6 as we have in our seemingly complete copy). - BMC III:759. - CIBN B-436. - BSB-Ink B-481 (digitised copy with N6). - VD16 B2579.
Prov. Old ms. ownership entries on title.

€ 2.000 / 3.000

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