Lot 6
  • 6

Busti, Bernardinus de

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  • Busti, Bernardinus de
  • Defensorium montis pietatis [with additions by Hieronymus Tornieli]. [Milan]: Uldericus Scinzenzeler, [after 31 January 1497]
  • Paper
4to (205 x 150mm.), 68 leaves (of 74), a-h8 i-k6, double column, 46 lines, gothic type, one woodcut initial, small woodcut of the Entombment at start of text, contemporary (?Parisian) panel-stamped calf, on upper cover the four saints Mark, John, Peter and Paul with an armorial at foot ("GP"?), on the lower cover a panel containing two sections of crested thistles with lettered banners in between and an outer leafy border, paper label on spine, lacking final quire k6, some dampstaining to lower corner of last quire, binding somewhat rubbed, some worming to binding affecting stamps, lacking two pairs of alum-tawed ties, spine slightly defective


Two early inscriptions on title-page, one dated 1535; from a Dominican library, inscription at head of first leaf of table; Jaco Calleri of Graja [Graglia], ink stamp on inside front cover


Goff B1332; HCR 1467; BMC vi 771; BSB-Ink B1065; GW 5802; Sander 1477

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION of Busti's tract defending the legitimacy of loans at low interest as practised by the Monti di Pietà, instituted by the Church in the fifteenth century in an attempt to counter usury.