Introductoriu[m] in epistolare b[ea]ti hieronimi.

Accession number: 
PML 21
Jerome, Saint, -419 or 420.
Moguntina : per Petrum Schoiffer de Gernβhem, .M.cccc.lxx. Die septima mensis septembris [7 September 1470].
[408] leaves ; 49.5 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1902.

Title from incipit, leaf [pi]/1r: Introductoriu[m] in Epistolare b[ea]ti hieronimi impressionis magu[n]tine facte p[er] viru[m] famatum in hac arte Petrum schoiffer de gernβheym.
Imprint from colophon, leaf [49]/10v: Am decet ut nostris [con]corde[n]t vltima primis. ... Est aut[em] p[rese]ns opus arte imp[re]ssoria feliciter [con]su[m]matu[m] p[er] Petru[m] schoiffer de gernβhem i[n] ciuitate nobili Mogu[n]tina. ... Huic laudatori. reddit moguntina vicem. Toto sua scripta para[n]s vsibus ecclesie. Anno domini .M.cccc.lxx. Die septima mensis septe[m]bris que fuit vigilia natiuitatis Marie. Da gloriam deo. [printer's mark]
Printed in Schoeffer's type 5:118G.
Paper format: Imperial folio.
Edited by Adrianus de Brielis.
There is substantial resetting in the second issue (see BMC): in issue (a) the introduction begins: "[O]Mnibus ecclesiastici ordinis deuotis zelatoribus veritatis;" in issue (b): "[O]Mnes christiane religionis homines."
Rubrics, colophon, and printer's mark printed in red.
PML copy printed on vellum, issue b.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 47 x 33.5 cm.

Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards (49.5 x 34.5 cm), sewn on 6 supports by the Leipzig bindery Blüte frei ornamental I (EBDB w000882/Kyriss 102/103, active 1472-1510). Plain paper pastedowns and endleaves; decorative endbands; gilt edges. 2 clasps, metal edge reinforcements, and 5 round bosses in the center and corners of each board.
Variant Title: 

Introductorium in epistolare beati hieronimi


Hand decoration: Contemporary Leipzig (Magdeburg?) illuminated initials, including large historiated initial with portrait of Jerome and lion (leaf [1]/1r), rubricated with alternating red and blue initials and paragraph marks. Annotations: No marginal notations in text, minimal interlinear textual corrections. Contemporary manuscript alpha-numeric quire signatures and arabic quire numbers on first leaves, mainly trimmed.

Christoph von Wolkenstein-Rodenegg (1560-1616), large printed armorial bookplate date 1595 (front pastedown); Rev. W.J. Copeland (1804-1885), rector of Farnham, Essex; unidentified price notation: £315.0.0, from Copeland sale or Quaritch? (front endleaf 1 recto); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased from Bernard Quartich, Aug. 1902.