Small 4to (176 x 116mm). 171 leaves (of 172). Signatures: A(8) (-A1 title); B-E(8); F-G(6); H-N(8); O-P(6); Q-S(8); T-V(6); X-Z(8). 36 lines of Gothic type, initial letters in red and silver, rubricated throughout. Text in Latin and German. 18th-century brown morocco, marbled endpapers; (lacking title leaf, final leaf mounted, leaves numbered in early hand in red ink, a few margins repaired, some faint staining throughout but overall clean, fore-edge margin trimmed close compromising some marginalia). Period annotations in margins. Gilt-stamped device of the Royal Society on spine and inked on A2, ex dono of Henry Howard, their sale at Sotheby’s May 4, 1925. Woodcut bookplate of Walter Goldwater (d.1985), a New York book dealer who specialized in radical politics, chess, and incunabula, and who was also one of the first book dealers to specialize in African American Studies. Johannes Melber’s popular German-Latin dictionary, compiled with the assistance of Jodochum Eichmann, was first printed in Speyer circa 1477. It was reprinted several times throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, and remains in at least 23 editions. This 1488 Prüss edition from Strasbourg is most rare; ABPC database records only two copies at auction in the past 25 years. This copy annotated in contemporary red ink with what is best described as four-letter text indicators that seem to follow through alphabetically beside some manicules in margins. This popular dictionary maintains a studied feel and is in good shape at that. BMC I 122 (IA 1644); Hain-Copinger 11041*; GW M22730. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Vocabularius Predicantium, sive Variloquus
Publisher: Johann Pruss
Publication Date: 1488
Book Condition: Very Good
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