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Auction archive: Lot number 76

Prudentius, Quae extant, Basel, 1562, contemporary green vellum, with the donation exlibris of Wolfgang Andreas Rem

Estimate
US$1,500 - US$2,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 76

Prudentius, Quae extant, Basel, 1562, contemporary green vellum, with the donation exlibris of Wolfgang Andreas Rem

Estimate
US$1,500 - US$2,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

Prudentius Clemens, Aurelius. Aurelii Prudentii Clementis, v.c. sacra, quae extant. Poemata omnia: quorum Catalogum proxima à Praefatione pagina reperies. Quibus accesserunt: in totum quidem Opus, Ioan. Sichardi succincta Scholia: in aliquot verò Hymnos D. Erasmi Roterodami & Iacobi Spiegelii Commentaria. Ad haec, Rerum verborumque copiosus index. Basel: Heinrich Petri, March 1562
The works of the fifth-century Christian poet Prudentius, with the scholia of Johann Sichard, Jakob Spiegel, and Erasmus, dedicated to Johann Rudolf von Erlach of Bern, by Marcus Hopper (Marx Höpperlin; d. 1564), rector, teacher of Greek in Basel, and the printer’s son-in-law.
The first owner of this copy, Wolfgang Andreas Rem, was born at Worms in 1511, the son of the jurist Wolfgang Rem, councilor to the Emperor Maximilian I, and Assessor at the Reichskammergericht, and Ursula Rötengatter. He was instructed in Greek and Latin by Othmar Nachtgall in Augsburg, and matriculated at Ingolstadt (1523), Padua (1523), Tübingen (1526), Dôle (licentiate in law, 23 January 1529), and Bourges, where he studied under Andrea Alciati, and on 23 June 1530 was promoted Dr utr. iur. In 1546, while a delegate at the Council of Trent, he matriculated at Bologna. Wolfgang Andreas became a Domherr in Augsburg in 1531 and rose to become provost of the cathedral chapter (1580). He acted as councilor to King Ferdinand at the Diet of Regensburg in 1531 and to the Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1545.
When he died in 1588, Wolfgang Andreas possessed a large library. According to a typographical donation exlibris pasted into the volumes, he bequeathed 160 legal books to the Dombibliothek Augsburg, and more than one thousand to the Augustiner-Chorherrenstift Sankt Georg in Augsburg “ad perpetuum conventualium usum.” The donation exlibris for the “centum sexaginta” books given to the Augsburg Dombibliothek has ten lines of letterpress, with the donor’s woodcut arms beneath: Reverendvs et No- / bilis Dominus Wolfga[n]gus / Andreas Rem à Retz Cathe- / dralis Ecclesiae Augustanae / Sum: Praepositus, libr[u]m hunc / unà cum centum sexaginta / alijs, Cancellariae Reuerendi / Capituli eiusdem Ecclesiae, / Anno Christi M.D. LXXX / VIII. Testamento legauit.
There are two sizes of a donation exlibris placed in books given to the Augustinerchorherrenstift Augsburg; both mention the number of volumes in the gift (“mille & tribus”) and feature the donor’s woodcut arms. The smaller version (93 x 50 mm) has eight lines of letterpress: Wolfgangvs / Andreas Rem à Kôtz / Sum: Praepositus, cum / mille & tribus alijs li- / bris Monasterio sancte / Crucis August: Anno / 1588. Testamento / legauit. The larger version (128 x 88 mm), found in this volume, has 12 lines of letterpress and mentions the “instrumentis Mathematicis” included in the gift: Reverendvs et no- / bilis Dominus Wolfgangus / Andreas Rem à Ketz, Cathe- / dralis Ecclesiae August: Sum: / Praepositus, librum hunc unà / cum mille & tribus alijs, vari- /jsq; instrumentis Mathema- / ticis, Bibliothecae Monasterij / S. Crucis Augustae, ad perpe- / tuum Co[n]uentualium vsum, / Anno Christi M. D. LXXX / VIII. Testamento legauit.
Unlike some other German students on a peregrinatio academica, Wolfgang Andreas does not seem to have commissioned any bindings adorned by his name or armorial insignia, nor was he in the habit of entering his name or purchase details in his books. Notes which he took in the lectures of Georg Simler at Tübingen and of Alciati at Bourges were bound unsentimentally in half-pigskin (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, BSB Clm 3866). Although acquainted with Erasmus, Wolfgang Andreas’s copy of Erasmus’s New Testament was placed in an ordinary roll-tooled calf binding (Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek, 4 Th B V 7A). He bought many books secondhand and left them in their original bindings. In Augsburg, he patronized a local binder known as the “Leovitius-Meister”(Schunke, Die Einbände der Palatina in der Vatikanischer Bibliothek, I, p. 204, citing Rem’s copy of Pierio Valeriano, Hieroglyphica, Basel, 1556).
8vo (154 x 103 mm). Italic type, 27 (verse) & 30 (text) lines plus headline. collation: α–β⁸ a–z⁸, A–Y⁸: 376 leaves. Woodcut initials. (Some light dampstaining at front.)
binding: Contemporary green vellum with yapps (156 x 105 mm), traces of 2 pairs of green fabric ties, flat spine with early paper title label, red edges. (A bit rubbed, joints with short tears at head.)
provenance: Wolfgang Andreas Rem von Kötz (1511–1588), provost of the Cathedral Church at Augsburg (donation exlibris) — Augustiner-Chorherrenstift Hl. Kreuz (Convent of the Holy Cross), Augsburg — Cumberland Rare Books, Northampton, Massachusetts (Catalogue 1, [1996], item 19). acquisition: Purchased from Cumberland Rare Books, 1997.
references: VD16 P 5131; USTC 614100; Hieronymus, 1488 Petri– Schwabe 1988: eine traditionsreiche Basler Offizin im Spiegel ihrer frühen Drucke (Basel, 1997), no. 279. For Wolfgang Andreas’s testamentary instructions, see Wilhelm Khellner, Vita et mors admodum reverendi, nobilis et magnifici viri, d. Wolfgangi Andreae Rhaemii à Kötz, V.I. Doctoris, Cathedralis Ecclesiae Augustensis praepositi, &c. anno 1588. die ultima augusti, piè in Christo defuncti (Ingolstadt, 1589), p. 57.

Auction archive: Lot number 76
Auction:
Datum:
11 Oct 2023
Auction house:
Sotheby's
34-35 New Bond St.
London, W1A 2AA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7293 5000
+44 (0)20 7293 5989
Beschreibung:

Prudentius Clemens, Aurelius. Aurelii Prudentii Clementis, v.c. sacra, quae extant. Poemata omnia: quorum Catalogum proxima à Praefatione pagina reperies. Quibus accesserunt: in totum quidem Opus, Ioan. Sichardi succincta Scholia: in aliquot verò Hymnos D. Erasmi Roterodami & Iacobi Spiegelii Commentaria. Ad haec, Rerum verborumque copiosus index. Basel: Heinrich Petri, March 1562
The works of the fifth-century Christian poet Prudentius, with the scholia of Johann Sichard, Jakob Spiegel, and Erasmus, dedicated to Johann Rudolf von Erlach of Bern, by Marcus Hopper (Marx Höpperlin; d. 1564), rector, teacher of Greek in Basel, and the printer’s son-in-law.
The first owner of this copy, Wolfgang Andreas Rem, was born at Worms in 1511, the son of the jurist Wolfgang Rem, councilor to the Emperor Maximilian I, and Assessor at the Reichskammergericht, and Ursula Rötengatter. He was instructed in Greek and Latin by Othmar Nachtgall in Augsburg, and matriculated at Ingolstadt (1523), Padua (1523), Tübingen (1526), Dôle (licentiate in law, 23 January 1529), and Bourges, where he studied under Andrea Alciati, and on 23 June 1530 was promoted Dr utr. iur. In 1546, while a delegate at the Council of Trent, he matriculated at Bologna. Wolfgang Andreas became a Domherr in Augsburg in 1531 and rose to become provost of the cathedral chapter (1580). He acted as councilor to King Ferdinand at the Diet of Regensburg in 1531 and to the Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1545.
When he died in 1588, Wolfgang Andreas possessed a large library. According to a typographical donation exlibris pasted into the volumes, he bequeathed 160 legal books to the Dombibliothek Augsburg, and more than one thousand to the Augustiner-Chorherrenstift Sankt Georg in Augsburg “ad perpetuum conventualium usum.” The donation exlibris for the “centum sexaginta” books given to the Augsburg Dombibliothek has ten lines of letterpress, with the donor’s woodcut arms beneath: Reverendvs et No- / bilis Dominus Wolfga[n]gus / Andreas Rem à Retz Cathe- / dralis Ecclesiae Augustanae / Sum: Praepositus, libr[u]m hunc / unà cum centum sexaginta / alijs, Cancellariae Reuerendi / Capituli eiusdem Ecclesiae, / Anno Christi M.D. LXXX / VIII. Testamento legauit.
There are two sizes of a donation exlibris placed in books given to the Augustinerchorherrenstift Augsburg; both mention the number of volumes in the gift (“mille & tribus”) and feature the donor’s woodcut arms. The smaller version (93 x 50 mm) has eight lines of letterpress: Wolfgangvs / Andreas Rem à Kôtz / Sum: Praepositus, cum / mille & tribus alijs li- / bris Monasterio sancte / Crucis August: Anno / 1588. Testamento / legauit. The larger version (128 x 88 mm), found in this volume, has 12 lines of letterpress and mentions the “instrumentis Mathematicis” included in the gift: Reverendvs et no- / bilis Dominus Wolfgangus / Andreas Rem à Ketz, Cathe- / dralis Ecclesiae August: Sum: / Praepositus, librum hunc unà / cum mille & tribus alijs, vari- /jsq; instrumentis Mathema- / ticis, Bibliothecae Monasterij / S. Crucis Augustae, ad perpe- / tuum Co[n]uentualium vsum, / Anno Christi M. D. LXXX / VIII. Testamento legauit.
Unlike some other German students on a peregrinatio academica, Wolfgang Andreas does not seem to have commissioned any bindings adorned by his name or armorial insignia, nor was he in the habit of entering his name or purchase details in his books. Notes which he took in the lectures of Georg Simler at Tübingen and of Alciati at Bourges were bound unsentimentally in half-pigskin (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, BSB Clm 3866). Although acquainted with Erasmus, Wolfgang Andreas’s copy of Erasmus’s New Testament was placed in an ordinary roll-tooled calf binding (Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek, 4 Th B V 7A). He bought many books secondhand and left them in their original bindings. In Augsburg, he patronized a local binder known as the “Leovitius-Meister”(Schunke, Die Einbände der Palatina in der Vatikanischer Bibliothek, I, p. 204, citing Rem’s copy of Pierio Valeriano, Hieroglyphica, Basel, 1556).
8vo (154 x 103 mm). Italic type, 27 (verse) & 30 (text) lines plus headline. collation: α–β⁸ a–z⁸, A–Y⁸: 376 leaves. Woodcut initials. (Some light dampstaining at front.)
binding: Contemporary green vellum with yapps (156 x 105 mm), traces of 2 pairs of green fabric ties, flat spine with early paper title label, red edges. (A bit rubbed, joints with short tears at head.)
provenance: Wolfgang Andreas Rem von Kötz (1511–1588), provost of the Cathedral Church at Augsburg (donation exlibris) — Augustiner-Chorherrenstift Hl. Kreuz (Convent of the Holy Cross), Augsburg — Cumberland Rare Books, Northampton, Massachusetts (Catalogue 1, [1996], item 19). acquisition: Purchased from Cumberland Rare Books, 1997.
references: VD16 P 5131; USTC 614100; Hieronymus, 1488 Petri– Schwabe 1988: eine traditionsreiche Basler Offizin im Spiegel ihrer frühen Drucke (Basel, 1997), no. 279. For Wolfgang Andreas’s testamentary instructions, see Wilhelm Khellner, Vita et mors admodum reverendi, nobilis et magnifici viri, d. Wolfgangi Andreae Rhaemii à Kötz, V.I. Doctoris, Cathedralis Ecclesiae Augustensis praepositi, &c. anno 1588. die ultima augusti, piè in Christo defuncti (Ingolstadt, 1589), p. 57.

Auction archive: Lot number 76
Auction:
Datum:
11 Oct 2023
Auction house:
Sotheby's
34-35 New Bond St.
London, W1A 2AA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7293 5000
+44 (0)20 7293 5989
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