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Mamotrectus super bibliam.
Venice, Simon Bevilaqua, July 12, 1492. 16 x 12 cm. Old vellum with written spine title. 273 leaves. Title page (with just the word 'Mamotrectus') in photocopy. At the end, part of a benediction leaflet was used to fasten the book block to its binding. Three identical leaflets plus four strips of a woodcut decoration were used to fill up the binding. Some inscriptions at the beginning and the end (a.o. a drawing of a flower vase on one of the last pages).l Although soiled and a bit damaged, this is an unpolished, authentic incunable. It is the 21st of the 23 incunable editions of this text, usually called Mammotrectus super bibliam, however, in this book consistently spelled with one M: Mamotrectus, without 'super Bibliam'. The meaning of this curious title is nourisher on the Bible, strongly suggesting the Bibles Breast Milk. It's a handbook explaining words and notions of the Bible and other important texts, such as the letters of Saint Jerome to Paulinus and Desiderius, but also about clothes of priests, Latin accents and other practical subjects. The Mammotrectus would be useful if you were preparing a sermon or some other priestly act. In the colophon another version of the title is used: Mamotrectus tam bibliae quam aliorum plurimorum librorum, 'Mamotrectus from the Bible as well as from many other books'. Goff M252 BSB M-167. Extensive description on request (and in our catalogue 64). = Inkunabel Venedig 1492.
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