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Thomas Aquinas, O.P.

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  • Thomas Aquinas, O.P.
  • Postilla in Job. 
    [Esslingen:] Conrad Fyner, 1474
  • ink and paper
Chancery folio (303 × 209 mm). Collation: [14 (Table); 2-910 10-118 126 (6+1 Depinxit)]: 103 of 107 leaves, lacking the Table. 42 lines, Type 1:96G. Initial spaces, but with woodcut outline lombard initials on 4/1r, 4/6v, 9/7v, 9/9v. Rubricated red (initials, capital strokes, a few marginal notes).
Nineteenth-century buckram covering old reverse-beveled wooden boards, blind-rolled sheep spine and tips.
Spine with a tear, hinge fragile, first leaf dirty, last leaves wormed, 5 leaves with marginal repairs, rep, final leaf with bottom half replaced, not touching text.


Mayer Sulzberger, 1843-1923 (bookplate)


Goff T-236; Hain 1397*; BMC II 513 (IB.8919); BSB-Ink T-238; Bod-inc T-129. See M. Grabmann, Die Werke des hl. Thomas von Aquin, 3. Auflage, Munich, 1949, pp. 251-253; Thomas Aquinas, Opera omnia iussu Leonis XIII P.M. edita, vol. XXVI: Expositio super Iob ad litteram (Rome, 1965)

Catalogue Note

First edition. Aquinas’s Job commentary, written in the early 1260s when he was lector in the Dominican priory of Orvieto, is attested by some sixty medieval manuscripts. In 1304 the Paris stationer André of Sens had an exemplar in 20 sections to be rented out for copying, and four of the surviving manuscripts have marginal section marks corresponding to this exemplar. However, in the late fifteenth century Aquinas’s Job commentary was much less in demand than many other of his writings. This is the only incunable edition. A second edition was not printed until 1505 in Venice, followed by a 1520 Lyons edition. The four-leaf table was probably a slightly later addendum, for it is lacking from many copies, including some in contemporary bindings..