Lot 30
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Remigius, Bernardus Claravallensis, Dionysius Cato

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  • A Sammelband containing 4 works in a contemporary binding, comprising:
  • Paper
REMIGIUS. Fundamentum scholarium [edited by Johannes Kerckmester]. Cologne: Heinrich Quentel, 10 October 1492, 42 leaves, A-G6, 48 lines, [H 13860; GW M04420; only 5 copies on ISTC, none in UK or US], lacking A1 (with woodcut)
BERNARDUS CLARAVALLENSIS. Floretus (cum commento). [Cologne: Heinrich Quentel, before 14 October 1490], 56 leaves, a-h6 i8, 35-45 lines plus headline, woodcut on first leaf, [Goff B392; HC 2912; BMC i 276; GW 4004; BSB-Ink F-158; Schreiber 3431]
POENITENTIONARIUS. Poeniteas cito. Cologne: Heinrich Quentel, 24 February 1491, aa-bb8 cc6, 44 lines, [Goff P843; HC 13159; BMC i 276; GW M13796; BSB-Ink P-640], some light staining
CATO, Dionysius. Disticha de moribus. Cologne: Heinrich Quentel, [c. 1490], 64 leaves, a-h8, 40 lines, [Goff C307; C 1525, no copy recorded in UK]

4 works in one volume, 4to (200 x 138mm.), contemporary rubrication, contemporary German blind-stamped half pigskin over wooden boards, single clasp, with a contemporary German pen and ink drawing of the Annunciation loosely inserted, upper joint torn at head, lacking strap


"Dis bücher ist Bartolome Faberi", contemporary inscription on inside front cover; Joannes Franciscus Vidini, later inscription on final verso

Catalogue Note

The drawing depicts the Annunciation, though rather naively and with somewhat unusual iconography - the Virgin is sitting in an enclosed garden (hortus conclusus) with a unicorn climbing onto her lap, and the Archangel Gabriel is holding three hunting dogs by the reins who are chasing the unicorn towards her; this is considered a late fifteenth-century variant of the standard Annunciation scene, and usually found in Germany. The sketch is most likely contemporary with the book, with a few rust holes from the clasp on the binding and a few wormholes, and was probably the front flyleaf, now detached. One the verso is a small sketch of a soldier holding a lance.