Moralia, sive Expositio in Job [with prefatory letter by Dominicus de Dominicis, bishop of Brescia]. Rome: Apud Sanctum Marcum (Vitus Puecher), 5 September 1475
Royal folio (423 x 290mm.), bound in 2 volumes (first volume quires a-u; second volume quires x-Q), 364 leaves (of 366, wanting first leaf with De Dominicis’ prefatory letter, and final blank), [a12 b8 c-d10 e8 f10 g-h8 i-k10 l8 m10 n-o8 p-q10 r8 s-t10 u8 x-z10 A-B10 C8 D10 E8 F-K10 L8 M-P10 Q8], double column, 56 lines, roman type, full border in foliate design and illuminated initial (10 lines) with portrait of Gregory I (leaf c2 recto), coloured initial inhabited by a Dominican Friar (8 lines; leaf c6 recto), coloured initials with foliate or flower decoration or parted initials (6-10 lines) in red and blue with pen-work decoration in contrasting colour or flower decoration over a yellow ground at the beginning of books, initials in blue with pen-work decoration or in alternating blue or red for initial index and chapters (4 lines), capitals in the index and chapter numbers touched in yellow throughout, marginal annotations and nota signs by a contemporary German reader in brown and light purple ink, seventeenth-century mottled brown calf with gilt-tooled decoration over pasteboard, spine gilt in compartments, slight foxing and staining, a few paper repairs (that on first leaf with slight loss of text)
A fine copy with contemporary decorated full border and inhabited initials, possibly Southern Germany, Austria or Bohemia.
According to the prefatory letter by Dominicus de Dominicis, the edition was produced in 300 copies by 3 men working for 3 months.
Unidentified Dominican convent, its inscription "Hic liber est conventus … ordinis praedicatorum" on first leaf of volume two (leaf x1 recto); coat-of-arms (argent, five fusils in fess sable?) supplied later in dark brown ink in dedicated blank space on leaf c2 recto
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