Spiegel des menschlichen lebens.

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ChL 300
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PML 139
Sánchez de Arévalo, Rodrigo, 1404-1470.
[Augsburg] : [Günther Zainer], [about 1476]
[10], Clxiiii leaves : illus. (woodcuts) ; 32 cm. (fol.)
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Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

Title from incipit (leaf [1]/1r): Diese büchlin genannt d[er] spiegel des menschlichen lebens. von dem hochwirdigen Rodorico von hyspania byschoffen Zamorensi gemachet...
Printed in Zainer's type 2:118G.
Published in 1476 according to Zainer's catalogue (Burger, Buchhändleranzeigen, no. 20 (16) (CIBN). Goff dates about 1475-78. BSB-Ink dates after 26 Mar. 1474. A copy in München BSB has a rubricator's date 1478.
Collation: [1¹⁰; 2-10¹⁰ 11⁸; 12-16¹⁰ 17-18⁸]: 174 leaves.
Chancery folio (30.6 x 21 cm.)
Translated by Heinrich Steinhöwel.
Incipit on leaves [2]/1r and [12]/1r printed in red.
50 woodcut illustrations. Printed initials.
A copy of this book was given by Zainer to the Charterhouse at Buxheim (BMC).
Author's name also recorded as Rodericus Zamorensis.
Bearer type visible at bottom of leaves [7]/2v, [7]/10r, [9]/5v, and [18]/8v.
PML copy with leaf [1]/10 detached.
Library's copy listed under Division B in Checklist.

Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards (32.5 x 21 cm.), sewn on 3 supports by Paulus Paurenfeint/Pawrnfeint in Nördlingen (EBDB w000346), active ca. 1474. Plain paper pastedowns and fly leaves (modern); plaited leather endbands; edges stained red. 4 plain corner bosses. One single-pin strap clasp; repaired. Hole in rear board from former chain attachment.
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Speculum vitae humanae [German]


Hand decoration: Rubricated not required, printed intitials. Annotations: Marginal and interlinear contemporary notations in tabula. Notation at bottom of leaf [8]/10r supplying missing printed line, likely supplied in printing house (nearly identical hand in BSB and Heidelberg copies).

Landshut (Bavaria), Franciscans(?), abraded inscription: [Ad minores] i[n] Landczhüt, 15th century (leaf [18]/8v); unidentified shelf mark: H 33. (leaf [1]/1r), likely also Landshut Franciscans, 16th century; Georg Kloss (1787-1854), bookplate (front pastedown); Kloss sale, Sotheby's, 7 May 1835, lot 4490 (lot clipping pasted to front pastedown); Henry Sotheran & Co., cat. no. 496 (23 July 1890), no. 546 (lot clipping pasted to front pastedown); William Morris (1834-1896), Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, booklabel (front pastedown), bibliographic notes by Sydney Cockerell (tipped-in to front pastedown), and inscription, August 1st 1890 (front fly leaf recto); Richard Bennett (1844-1900), armorial bookplate (front pastedown) and price code: rm/-/- (front pastedown); Pierpont Morgan Library, booklabel (front pastedown), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.