Biblia latina.

Accession number: 
PML 35
Uniform title: 
Bible. Latin. 1473.
[Strasbourg] : [The R-Printer (Johannes Mentelin and/or Adolf Rusch)], [about 1473]
[426] leaves ; 38.5 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, about 1900.

Title and imprint from ISTC.
Dated about 1473 by P. Needham (Christie's, Doheny 16, and Sotheby's, Schøyen 6), who prefers to see Mentelin in association with Rusch as responsible for the work of the R-printer. Hillard dates about 1472-73 from an ownership note (wrongly dated 1470) of Jacobus, abbot of Lilienfeld from 21 May 1472 to 25 Jan. 1474 (Sotheby's 13 Aug. 1888, lot 2832). GW and Goff accept as genuine the date 1470. The Solothurn copy was purchased on 18 July 1475.
Printed in The R-Printer (Johannes Mentelin and/or Adolf Rusch) type 1:103R.
Collation: [1-11¹⁰ 12⁸; 13-20¹⁰ 21-22⁸; 23-34¹⁰ 35⁶; 36⁶ 37-44¹⁰]: 426 leaves, leaf [1]/1 blank. Variant collation in BMC for part II with an extra 10-leaf quire (i.e., 23-35¹⁰, perhaps only a mistake).
The collation of British Library copies differs from that of GW; Bodleian copy collates as GW.
Paper format: Royal folio.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 37.8 x 27.5 cm, trimmed.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: [1]/1 (blank).

Contemporary(?) German blind-tooled leather from another binding reused over pastepaper boards (38.5 x 28 cm), sewn on 5 supports, original leather with tools identifed at the Reichenhall St. Zeno Augustinerchorherrenstift bindery (EBDB w002516, active 1475-1528); rebacked. Plain paper pastedowns and endleaves.

Hand decoration: Contemporary rubrication (in several hands?), red initials, paragraph marks, underlining, and capital strokes, with headlines and chapter rubrics; primary initial F painted blue on gold ground with marginal foliate decoration (leaf [1]/2r) and other primary initials painted in colors with foliate decoration. Annotations: Extensive contemporary marginal notations throughout text, mainly keywords and explanatory notes.

Reichenhall (Bavaria), Augustinians, St. Zeno, inscription: "Mon[aste]rij S. Zenonis" (front endleaf 1 recto); Bertram Ashburnham, Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878), with shelfmark: 6.A. (front pastedown), his sale, Sotheby's, 25 June 1897, lot 440; Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased from Bernard Quaritch, about 1900.