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Year: 1474

ID: 15th 76

1474 Merula Leaves (2)

Original leaf taken from a very early printed book of 1474. Text leaf from "In Librum de homine martii galeotti opus" by Georgius Merula about 1474. Printed in Venice by John of Cologne and Johannes Manthen REF: BMC V230, H 11097, GOFF M504, Measures 7.5" x 5.25". The only thing I could really find about the author was that he lived between 1430-94. He wrote a number of books during that time period, one of which had to do with the history of the Visconti family, the predominant family in Milan from the 13th to early 15th century. While Merula never completed the work, he also wrote a botanical glossary.. F3- 10

 

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Year: 1474

ID: 15th 77

1474 Merula Leaves (2)

Original leaf taken from a very early printed book of 1474. Text leaf from "In Librum de homine martii galeotti opus" by Georgius Merula about 1474. Printed in Venice by John of Cologne and Johannes Manthen REF: BMC V230, H 11097, GOFF M504, Measures 7.5" x 5.25". The only thing I could really find about the author was that he lived between 1430-94. He wrote a number of books during that time period, one of which had to do with the history of the Visconti family, the predominant family in Milan from the 13th to early 15th century. While Merula never completed the work, he also wrote a botanical glossary.. F3- 11

 

Thomas Ebendorfer

Year: 1478

ID: 15th 78

1478 Sermones Dominicales

By Thomas Ebendorfer, printed in Strassburg by Heinrich Knoblocktzer.. F15- 33

 

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Year: 1478

ID: 15th 102

1478 From Biblia Latina

Printed in Venice by Reynsburch and Novimagio. The colophon reads: "Biblia impressa uenetijs opera stqz impresa Theodorici de Reynsburch Reynaldi de Nouimagio theuto nico ac M.cccc. lxxllj." From Jeremiah. 12 3/8" x 8 1/4".. F15- 34

 

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Year: 1479

ID: 15th 79

1479 "Lucius Lactantius, Opera (the works)"

Initial leaf with roman type and hand-painted uncial letter.Printed by Andrea de Paltasichis & Boninus de Boninis at Venice, Italy. Beautiful printing of the works of the early Christian convert, who served as the Emperor Constantine's son's tutor. References: BMC, V, 251, Goff L-8.. F11- 3

 

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Year: 1485

ID: 15th 80

1485 Voragine Page - Golden Legend

Woodcut of an angel reaching down to people in the fires of hell.. F6- 41

 

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Year: 1487

ID: 15th 81

1487 Meffreth Leaf

"SERMONES MEFFRETH AL'S ARTULUS REGINE DE TEMPORE PARS HYEMALIS.." written by Petrus Meffreth. Printed by Nicolaus Kesler Basel. Ref: Goff lists three Keslers M-440 (1483); M-441 (July 1486), M-442 (20 January 1487). Exact printing unknown as not listed on the Title page.But between 1483 and 1487. Leaf Measures 11 by 8 inches,with 2 lines of Gothic black text 55 lines per page. Little is known of Meffreth he was a German priest of Meissen and that he flourished about 1443,he was a preacher of great popularity in the 15th century. He was undoubtedly a accomplished theologian,scholar and a man of diverse reading. He could speak with force,and describe with considerable graphic power.He would often add story's too his sermons to help get his point across.He wrote 225 sermons in his lifetime. Due to some of his views he may have been considered a Heretic and at one point his editors were put to some trouble in order to get a license to publish. Meffreth was a 15th century preacher,that produced a number of multi volumed books that where printed in the later portion of the 15th century. There are a number of cross references between him and Aesop as it seems he included examples of the tales of Aesop in his sermons by way of illustrations to help get his point across. The name Meffreth may have been a Pen name but at this point in time not more is known about him.. F6- 32

 

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Year: 1488

ID: 15th 82

1488 Ludolphus de Saxonia

The woodcut belongs to one of the finest illustrated flemish (dutch) works and was first used in the publication by Geraard Leeu in Antwerp in 1487. This is an original impression from a fresh woodblock and an original impression made in 1488. A well documentated piece - Ludolphus de Saxonia - The book of the life of our sweet Lord Jesus Christ. Antwerp, Claes Leeu, 20 November 1488. Middle Dutch translation from the 14th century's Kartuizer Ludolf van Saksen. The first Latin impression was published in 1474, the first middle Dutch version was printed by Jan van Westfalen in Louvain in 1484/85. A leaf with two columns and 40 lines. Indication of the chapter top middle .Initial decorations and rubrification drawn by hand in red ink. These impressions intended to look as close as possible to an original manuscript, the woodblocks reproducing the miniatures. The size of the leaf is 10.15 by 7.50 inches. Printed area is 7.50 by 5.25. The woodcut measures about 4.10 by 5.00 inches.. F12- 11

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Year: 1490

ID: 15th 89

1490 Sanctus Hieronymus

Purchased from Peter Matern in Salzburg, Austria. The sticker states that this is an Incunabulum leaf (from 1490) of "Sanctus Hieronymus." This old guy is known to most modern Catholics as St. Jerome. He was responsible for translating the bible around 800 AD (go ahead and yell if my dates are wrong). For those not in the know, incunabulum (incunabula, incunable, etc.) refers to the time-period known as the "cradle" of printing. This was the last 50 years of the 15th century. I'm not totally convinced this is pre-1500, but it's a beautiful woodcut!. Wall- 5

 

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Year: 1493

ID: 15th 83

1493 Biblia Latina, Giunta Woodcut of Gideon

Original hand-colored page with woodcuts on both sides of the story of Gideon from the "Biblia Latina" printed by Johannes Rubeus for Lucantonio Giunta, Venice 1493. 6" x 4". Image shows handheld firearm! More info to come.. F14- 12

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Year: 1493

ID: 15th 84

1493 Biblia Latina, Giunta Woodcut of Jesus

Original hand-colored page with woodcuts on both sides of the story of Gideon from the "Biblia Latina" printed by Johannes Rubeus for Lucantonio Giunta, Venice 1493. 6" x 4". Image shows handheld firearm! More info to come.. F14- 13

 

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Year: 1493

ID: 15th 90

1493 Nuremberg Chronicle (bi-fold + 2 leaves)

First leaf from Schedel, Hartmann. Liber cronicarum cum figuris y ymaginibus. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493. Six fine woodcuts: Charlemagne takes up the recto; three Popes and two of Charlemagne's successors occupy the verso. Among 645 woodcuts of various sizes printed in the Chronicle to a total of 1809 impressions, by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, and their workshop, possibly including the young Albrecht Durer. 17" x 12". Gothic type; 2-line pearled lombard initials. Excellent condition; one light crease.. LB3- 0

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Year: 1494

ID: 15th 85

1494 Robertus Caracciolo

Taken from "Sermones de laudibus Sanctorum by Robertus Caracciolus," printed in Reutlingen by Michael Greyff. The Franciscan Robertus Caracciolo (1425-1495) was for about fifty years the most celebrated preacher in Italy and was sometimes referred to as a "second Paul." This book is a collection of his sermons, which appear to have been printed by many different printers during the late 15th century.Representing a popular subject for printing as another example of the larger leafs we have for sale on here are of the preacher Meffreth by Kessler. The printer himself printed a minimum of 13 other works mostly of a religious nature while printing in the town of Reutlingen in Germany.He printed as early as 1476 and either passed away or stopped doing so about 1514. He may have printed many other works but I was able to track down only 13. Double columned gothic style typeset in Latin in black ink. Medieval notation at the top of one side. Fine condition, minor staining in the margins, measures 5.5 x 8".. F3- 14

 

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Year: 1494

ID: 15th 86

1494 Sermones Discupili (2)

A leaf from the incunabula book "Sermones Discupili" by Johannes Herolt printed by Anton Koberger in Nurnberg Germany in 1494. Double columned black ink text, Gothic style, in Latin with extensive handpainting in red ink (rubrication) throughout.. F6- 26

 

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Year: 1494

ID: 15th 87

1494 Sermones Discupili (2)

A leaf from the incunabula book "Sermones Discupili" by Johannes Herolt printed by Anton Koberger in Nurnberg Germany in 1494. Double columned black ink text, Gothic style, in Latin with extensive handpainting in red ink (rubrication) throughout.. F6- 27

 

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Year: 1495

ID: 15th 88

1495 Titus Livius Historae Romanae Decadis

Livy, (Titus Livius) HISTORAE ROMANAE DECADIS. Venice. 3 November 1495. Printed by Phillipus Pincius for Lucantonio Giunta. Ed. by Marcus Antonius Sabellicus. Goff L-247, Dutch Lib. 2976. This is a very attractive large leaf, approx 12 3/8" x 8 3/8", of incunbule, in single column format with printed marginal notes (?). Heading is "LIBER QVINTVS" with page (?) number XLIII. Reverse heading is "PRIMAE DECADIS" and has an illustration of some sort of fortress. Illustration is approx. 2.75" x 2.25". Towards bottom of page, a small squiggle of contemporary light brown/rust ink, could be a word, but cannot tell.. F11- 25

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Year: 1500

ID: 15th 91

1500 Antonius

Text leaf from Mancellinus, Antonius. Opera (the Works), printed by Johannes de Vingle at Lyons, France in 1500. Quarto size, measuring 6" x 8". Black Letter Latin text in single column format, occasional sidenotes or variant column layout. Large Black Letter page headings. A handsome leaf from the final year of the Incunabula period. The colophon is dated 1 July 1500. Attractive and quite inexpensive late Incunabulum. Reference, Hain 10577.. F12- 42

 

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Year: ?

ID: 15th 92

Colored initials

Info to come. F2- 4

 

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