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Auction: Auction 08.10.2001
was auctioned on: 8 October 2001
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BIBLIA LATINA. Venice: Franciscus Renner de Heilbronn, 1480.

Estimate: US$15,000 - US$20,000
Price realised:  US$25,850
Lot number 381, Views: 36

BIBLIA LATINA. Venice: Franciscus Renner de Heilbronn, 1480. Chancery 2 o and Royal half-sheet 4 o (249 x 170mm). Collation : a-h 1 0 i-l 1 2 m-s 1 0 t-u 1 2 (Genesis-Psalms); x-y 1-6 1 0 7-10 1 2 (Proverbs-Maccabees); 11-13 1 0 14 1 2 15-17 1 0 18 1 2 (New Testament, 18/12v colophon); A-D 1 2 (interpretation of Hebrew names, D12 blank). 470 leaves. Gothic types 6:65 second state (text), 7:130 (headings). Double column. 51 lines and headline. Initial F and border incorporating a bird, acanthus leaves and strawberries, illuminated in gold and colors BY A CONTEMPORARY FLEMISH ARTIST (on a1r, prologue), penwork initials in red and/or blue, red capital-strokes throughout. (Blue pigment in the border flaked, blank corner of first leaf repaired, marginal wormhole at the beginning, larger wormhole towards the end affecting text.) LOUVAIN BINDING FOR JOHANNES DE WESTPHALIA as bookseller: contemporary blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, sides panelled with double and quadruple fillets, the center panel diapered by triple fillets, a small star tool at the angles, the resulting compartments containing a rebus-tool (bird, letters ve, bow-and-arrow) or a wyvern, the two most central compartments each containing a bust of John of Westphalia, original headbands, (binding worn and somewhat defective, rebacked, clasps gone). Provenance : sold ready-bound at Louvain, by the prototypographer of the Southern Netherlands, Johannes de Westphalia -- contemporary markings in the New Testament for liturgical reading -- Latin annotations in some margins and on the final blank, by a late 16th-century Netherlandish scholar, citing Hebrew and Greek -- purchased from John F. Fleming, New York, 16 April 1985. Renner's third edition of the Vulgate Bible. LARGE COPY, preserving some lower deckle edges. The rebus tool probably identifies the binder and may be interpreted as RAVESCOT, perhaps the Louvain incunable printer Ludovicus de Ravescot. Books with John of Westphalia's mark impressed on their bindings, but printed elsewhere, were no doubt stocked by him as bookseller. For other bindings from this shop, see E. Ph. Goldschmidt, Gothic & Renaissance Bookbindings 25-26; A.W. Pollard, Catalogue of the Rush C. Hawkins Collection frontispiece; G.D. Hobson, Bindings in Cambridge Libraries pl. XII; The Helmut N. Friedlaender Library , Christie's New York, 23 April 2001, lot 99. HC *3078; GW 4241; BMC V, 195; Pellechet 2305; IGI 1661; Goff B-566.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 08.10.2001
Date of the auction: 8 Oct 2001 - 9 Oct 2001
Address: Christie's
New York, Rockefeller Center