Lot 9
  • 9

Eyb, Albertus de

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  • Eyb, Albertus de
  • Margarita poetica. [Strassburg: Georg Husner, not after 1479]
  • Paper
Royal folio (405 x 281mm.), 243 leaves, [1-26 3-710 8-98 108 (5+1 [single column, recto]) 11-168 17-1810 19-298], double column, gothic letter, 51 lines, 2- to 7-line initials in red, red initial-strokes and paraphs, printing error in outer margin of n8r, contemporary manuscript signatures (mostly cropped), early manuscript foliation, last line on v3r added in manuscript, contemporary pigskin over wooden boards (by the bindery of the Carmelites of Heilbronn?) ruled with blind fillets, vellum manuscript lettering-piece at head of upper cover, vellum boardliners, pigskin tab pasted to head of lower pastedown to cover the chaining staple (now lacking), a few deckle edges surviving, lacking all bosses and both clasps, binding heavily wormed


Carmelites of Heilbronn (in Baden-Württemberg; founded 1447, dissolved in 1802), inscription at head of second leaf; the Gutenberg Bible once in their possession is now in the Bodleian Library. The monastery had its own bindery (Kyriss 11) but the tooling on this binding is comprised only of blind fillets so it cannot be confidently assigned to the monastery bindery.


Goff E173; H 6814; BMC i 85; Bod-inc E-084; GW 9531

Catalogue Note

A tall and crisp copy. Albrecht von Eyb (1420-1475), of Eichstätt, spent fourteen years in Italy and compiled his anthology of poetical and historical pieces by 1459; it was first printed in Nuremberg by Johann Sensenschmidt in 1472 and there were about thirteen editions produced during the fifteenth century. He includes extracts from "modern" writers such as Petrarch and Poggio Bracciolini as well as classical authors such as Vergil and Statius; many of these works had not yet appeared in their own separate printed editions.

GW gives quire 10 as 109 and BMC states 108+1; in this copy the additional leaf, between 10/5 and 6, which contains just one column of text, shows a substantial stub between leaves 10/3 and 4; the stub has been given the contemporary signature "k4".