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Psalterium [with] Commune sanctorum
Ulm: Johann Zainer, 1480. [293 of 296 leaves; lacking first 2 leaves of the Calendar, and final blank. [?6 ??8 a-x8 y12 z8 A-L8 M3]. 1 vols. 8vo; 111 x 90 mm. Bound in 18th-century paper boards, with remnant of morocco spine label, edges stained red. Spine defective and covers rubbed, but binding is sound; several leaves bear stubs at outer edge from former index tabs; first leaf of Psalter extended at inner margin; final two leaves slightly waterstained; some browning and occasional stains; text block seriously trimmed but never into text. Notes on front endpapers, and a presentation inscription in 1826 from a member of the German Methodist Episcopal Church U.S. In a custom half-morocco slipcase and chemise. [293 of 296 leaves; lacking first 2 leaves of the Calendar, and final blank. [?6 ??8 a-x8 y12 z8 A-L8 M3]. 1 vols. 8vo; 111 x 90 mm. An Incunable of the Utmost Rarity. Johann Zainer the Elder (fl. 1472-93) established the first printing press at Ulm, where his first book is dated 1473. Zainer's little pocket psalter is undated; the colophon gives only the printer's name and the city. ISTC gives a conjectural date of around 1480. The book's handy but fragile format doubtless guaranteed a low survival rate, and indeed the few copies which have survived are often incomplete fragments, or in poor condition. ISTC gives the following locations France: Strasbourg BNU (imperfect, wanting Commune sanctorum) Germany: Bamberg SB; Berlin SB; Fulda HLB; Leipzig DB/Buch (fragment, missing); M√ľnchen BSB (2, imperfect); Stuttgart WLB (3) U.S.A: Washington DC, Washington Cathedral Library (this copy) The present copy - the only copy in America - is complete, save for the first two leaves of the Calendar, and the blank leaf at the end.
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