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Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1495. Hardcover. 229 x 159 mm (9 x 6 1/4"). 174 unnumbered leaves (last blank). 46 lines of commentary surrounding Boethius' text on three sides, gothic type. With commentary ascribed in the text to Thomas Aquinas. Contemporary calf-backed wooden boards, raised bands, the leather decorated with various stamps of pineapple, roses, and foliage, remnant of very early paper spine label, original brass clasp and catch, rawhide thong (old but apparently not original), half-inch of leather replaced at head of spine. With hand-painted initials throughout in red or blue. Pastedowns and title page with ink annotations in a contemporary hand. Goff B-771; BMC II, 413. Covers with enough tiny round wormholes to notice (but not enough to be offensive), three small portions of leather missing, a chip out of the wood at lower corner of back cover, but the original binding still completely solid, with only minor restoration (as noted), and generally pleasing. Dust soiling to title page, minor (almost entirely marginal) worming throughout (text barely affected on just a few leaves), first three gatherings with dampstain in gutter, other trivial defects in the text, but still an attractive copy internally, the leaves almost entirely fresh and clean, and with very ample margins. This is an enduringly popular work from perhaps the most important--and certainly the most successful--15th century printer in Europe. Born at the time of the final collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, Boethius (ca. 480-524) became the chief secretary of Theodoric the Ostrogoth, and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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