Concordantia, sive Ambidexterium.

Speyer, Peter Drach, 1481.

Folio, ff. [78], with first and last blanks; printer’s device to last page, spaces for initials; a little light waterstaining to a few leaves, slight cockling; a very good, clean copy in late 19th-century half sheep over marbled boards, spine in compartments, gilt lettering-pieces to second and fourth compartment, patterned endpapers; spine and edges rubbed; bibliographic note to front pastedown.


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First(?) edition of Calderinus’s Concordantia, also know under the title Tabula auctoritatum et sententiarum Bibliae. Calderinus (d. 1365) studied canon law at the university of Bologna under Johannes Andreae, the most important canonist of the 14th century, who adopted him as his son. After receiving his doctoral degree in 1326, Calderinus became ordinarius for the Decretum Gratiani, retaining this position until 1359. Admired as a teacher, his writings remained influential throughout the 14th and 15th centuries.

The Concordantia ‘consists of an alphabetically arranged list of keywords ... Each keyword is followed by one or more excerpts from the corpus of canon law, which in their turn are connected to corresponding biblical references (book and chapter) and to additional abbreviated references to the corpus of canon law. In addition, an ingenious system for infra-textual reference is appended ...’ (D. Claes, ‘Biblical repertoria in fourteenth century canon law’, in Aspects of genre and type in pre-modern literary cultures, 1999, p. 5).

Thomas Dorniberg (c. 1440-97) studied and taught at the University of Heidelberg before working as a lawyer in Speyer. In addition to this collaboration with Peter Drach, Dorniberg also worked with the so-called Printer of the ‘Gesta Christi’. Another edition of the Concordantia is recorded on ISTC with the imprint ‘[Lübeck: Printer of Calderinus (Johann Snel or Lucas Brandis?), not before 1481]’.

BMC II 492; Bod-inc C-027; Goff C45; ISTC ic00045000.

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