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Liber epistolarum beati Augustini episcopi Hipponensis ecclesiae: Compluriu[m]que] sanctorum & illustrium virorum ad ipsum Augustinum rescribentium. Cum duplici indice: a fronte & a tergo posito.
[Paris]: [colophon: Chalcographia Ascensiana] Venundatur ab Joanne Paruo & Iodoco Badio Ascensio Folio (34.2 cm, 13.4"). [8], CCLXII, [32 (1 blank)] ff.. 1515 First Ascensius edition of St. Augustine's correspondence; the text was first published in 1470. The title-page here is framed in a woodcut architectural border incorporating beasts and grotesques, with Jean Petit's lion and leopard printer's vignette; each letter here begins with a decorative capital. Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled calf with brass clasps and edge guards, covers framed and panelled in blind with rose and leaf motifs, upper front panel with early inked title on affixed paper label. Very similar to Oldham's "Netherlandis design." The wastepaper used by the binder for the pastedowns came from a medieval Latin manuscript in notarial cursive, neatly inscribed but much abbreviated, with the text rubricated in red and blue; this manuscript matter is now => well exposed and available for study inside each cover. Provenance: Front fly-leaf and title-page with early inked inscriptions of St. Jacob's abbey in Li├Ęge, verso with inked inscription "Ex libris Ledoux 1792," title-page with rubber-stamped Ledoux ex libris. Later in the Holbrook Library, Pacific School of Religion (properly released; front fly-leaf rubber-stamped). Binding as above, rebacked expertly, hinges (inside) cracked but holding; front panel label rubbed and darkened with text partially obscured, leather cracking and pitted overall with spine much worn and spine head pulled, six (of eight) edge guards intact with two partly unfastened (one now protruding from upper outer corner). Original clasps with two anchors and one catch plate intact, one catch plate and the straps now lacking. Marks of provenance as above, with "Epistolarum" inked in an early hand on the outer (closed) leaves. Front fly-leaf with edge chips and small older repairs. First eight leaves with small dent in lower margins, enlarging to short tear for last affected leaf; one leaf with tear from lower margin extending into lowest six lines of text without loss. Pages slightly age-toned, with a handful of leaves more notably browned. Nine leaves with small areas of pinhole worming, mostly but not entirely confined to inner and upper margins, with loss of a few letters. One lower outer corner torn away. Foliation occasionally erratic, text complete. => An interesting volume for multiple reasons, including binding and provenance.
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