4to, ff. , gothic letter, initials supplied in red, capital strokes and underlining in red; some light, mostly marginal, spotting and staining, traces of old stamp in lower margin of first leaf; mid twentieth-century vellum, spine lettered in gilt; lightly soiled, two corners slightly chewed.
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De arte loquendi et tacendi.
Very rare Ingolstadt edition of this treatise on the art of speech, the most influential work of the thirteenth-century Brescian causidicus, Albertano.
Printing was introduced at Ingolstadt in 1484. This is one of ten works assigned to the ‘Printer of Celtis’, the third (anonymous) Ingolstadt press, and may in fact be his first production: ‘both forms of d are common in this book, which suggests a first effort by its bad press-work’ (BMC). The printer may be identified with Johann Kachelofen, who matriculated at the University of Ingolstadt in 1490 and was evidently supplied with type by his half-brother Conrad, of Leipzig (see Ferdinand Geldner, ‘Zum Ingolstädter buchdruck des 15. Jahrhunderts’, Gutenberg-Jahrbuch, 1968, pp. 97–9).
Provenance: from the library of Boies Penrose (1902–1976), with his bookplate and with pencilled inscription (in Eric Sexton’s hand?) ‘18 Ja[nuary] 41 B. Penrose gift’; Eric Sexton (1902–1980), with his book label and bookplate; his sale, Christie’s New York, 8 April 1981, lot 78; Ned J. Nakles (1931–1999), his sale, Christie’s New York, 17 April 2000, lot 83.
HC *398; BMC III 677; GW 556; Goff A-206; Bod-inc. A-089. ISTC records 13 copies only, of which two in the UK (Bodleian and British Library) and one in the US (Pierpont Morgan Library).
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