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Sophologium - MAGNI, Jacobus - 1470. 
219 leaves (the last two blank). 35 lines, spaces for initials with guide letters in red & occasionally in blue. Roman type. Small folio (280 x 205 mm.), cont. blindstamped calf over wooden boards (minor wear) by the Fraterherren from Hildesheim, two orig. clasps & catches. [Strasbourg: the "R-printer" (Adolf Rusch), about 1470-74]. First edition, and a fine copy in a contemporary binding, of a book which is now rare on the market. Jacobus Magni (or Jacques Legrand)(ca. 1365-1415), was a French Augustinian who flourished in Paris at the beginning of the 15th century. The Sophologium is an anthology of science and philosophy taken from ancient writers. This text enjoyed considerable popularity with thirteen editions in the 15th century. This handsome book was printed by Adolf Rusch, the "R-printer," the son-in-law of Strasbourg's first printer Johann Mentelin. Rusch first introduced Roman types into Germany. For a long time he remained unidentified and was referred to as the "R-printer" from the peculiar form of that majuscule in his roman font. A handsome and large copy. Occasional minor browning. 18th-century ownership inscription on first leaf. ? B.M.C., I, p. 61. Goff M-38. GKW M17664. Klebs 595.2.
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