Lot 36
  • 36

Psalter in Latin

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  • Psalterium Commune Sanctorum. Ulm: Johann Zainer [ca. 1480]
  • ink,paper,leather
Chancery octavo (147 × 104 mm). Collation: [1-28 (Calendar); 3-238 2412 (Psalter with canticles, Te Deum, Athanasian Creed, Litany, Collects and Prayers); 25-368 374 (Commune sanctorum)]. Fos. 1-2, 15-16 and 296 blanks. 291 of 296 leaves, lacking 21/1.8, 23/1, 36/1.8. 18 lines, initial spaces, rubricated red (initials and versals), Fo. 1, blank, preserved as front pastedown; dampstains in last few leaves, some soiling in margins, lower right corner of 20/2 torn out with some loss; the paper very fresh. Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, one brass catchplate preserved, edges plain (Kyriss shop 126: Conrad Dinckmut, Ulm). 


Fürstlich-Fürstenbergische Bibliothek, Donaueschingen (Sotheby's London, 1 July 1994, lot 269)


Goff (Supplement) P-1041a; Hain 13475*; BSB-Ink P-823; P. Amelung Frühdruck im deutschen Südwesten I 37

Catalogue Note

One of eleven recorded copies. Zainer’s Psalter is in textual shape like a Breviary portion, with a Calendar and Common of Saints; many of the psalms conclude with cues to the Gloria patri and to antiphons. Some copies were apparently sold without the Common of Saints, which ends with Zainer’s colophon.