Epistolae [et tractatus]

HIERONYMUS, Saint [Jerome] (c. 345-420)

Published by Printer of Hieronymus, Epistolae, Parma, 1480
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Title: Epistolae [et tractatus]

Publisher: Printer of Hieronymus, Epistolae, Parma

Publication Date: 1480

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+

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(Parma: [Printer of Hieronymus, Epistolae], January 18 (Vol. 1), and 15 May, (Vol. 2), both 1480). Two volumes, super-median folio (415 x 280mm). Pagination: I: [252] (of [254]); II: [329] (of [330]) leaves (lacking initial and final blanks in first volume and initial blank in second volume). Collation: I: (i)(7 of 8), a(8), b-l(10), m-z(8), aa-dd(8), ee(9 of 10). II: (i)(5 of 6), A-K(10), L-Z(10), AA-KK(8), LL(10), MM-OO(8), PP(6). Roman type with passages in Greek, opening initials in blue with red pen work, initials and paragraph marks alternately red and blue. Early medieval reused manuscript vellum over pasteboard, text is excisions of a Hugh of Saint Victor text; (worn, top and bottom spine compartments defective; contents of first volume generally clean apart from few scattered marginal dampstains, repaired clean tear in blank lower inner corner of A1, cloth folding cases). Sixteenth-century stamp of the Capuchins of Piacenza, a vibrant medieval Franciscan monastic center, and scattered early underscoring and Latin marginalia is evidence their scholastic clergy use. Stamps of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Library (deaccessioned) and library shelfmarks pasted in "C1" and "C206" to both volumes. Parma incunable edition of the Letters of Saint Jerome, widely appreciated throughout the early modern period for their foundation on moral thought, this copy with distinct Franciscan inscriptions through the margins. Among the earliest books to appear in print, this compilation work of St. Jerome’s Epistolae, or Letters, was first prepared by Giovanni Andrea de Bussi and was printed in Rome by Sweynheym and Pannartz in 1468. Two years later, another edition followed in Maintz (Schöffer), after which the Epistolae was reprinted in Venice (1476), Rome (1479), Parma (1480) as here, Nuremberg (1485), and in several other places. This Parma edition reprints that of Miscomini (Venice: 1476), with changes and additions. Jerome’s writings continued to be popular throughout the incunabular period; Goff notes a print run of at least eighteen editions before 1500. The editions vary slightly from one another despite ranging greatly in subject matter and arranged by three great heads: theology, polemics, and morals. The Benedictines endeavored to arrange the rest of the Epistolae by date. The Epistolae covered a wide range of controversies and provided a basis for discussing problems of scholarship and assisting in moral matters. It is supposed Philip Melanchthon owned a copy of this work as it widely circulated within Lutheran schools of thought. This particular copy is enhanced by its distinct connections to the Capuchin center in Piacenza. ISTC ih00169000. Parma incunable edition of the Letters of Saint Jerome, widely appreciated throughout the early modern period for their foundation on moral thought, this copy with distinct Franciscan inscriptions through the margins. Among the earliest books to appear in print, this compilation work of St. Jerome’s Epistolae, or Letters, was first prepared by Giovanni Andrea de Bussi and was printed in Rome by Sweynheym and Pannartz in 1468. Two years later, another edition followed in Maintz (Schöffer), after which the Epistolae was reprinted in Venice (1476), Rome (1479), Parma (1480) as here, Nuremberg (1485), and in several other places. This Parma edition reprints that of Miscomini (Venice: 1476), with changes and additions. Jerome’s writings continued to be popular throughout the incunabular period; Goff notes a print run of at least eighteen editions before 1500. The editions vary slightly from one another despite ranging greatly in subject matter and arranged by three great heads: theology, polemics, and morals. The Benedictines endeavored to arrange the rest of the Epistolae by date. The Epistolae covered a wide range of controversies and provided a basis for discussing problems of scholarship and assisting in moral matters. It is supposed Philip Melanchthon owned a copy of this work as it wide. Bookseller Inventory # SAV139

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