Vitaspat[rum] sancto[rum].

Accession number: 
PML 18312
Jerome, Saint, -419 or 420.
Ulm : Johann Zainer, [about 1478-1479]
[10], I-CCCLxxv, [1] leaves ; 31 cm. (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1908.

Title from incipit (leaf [2]/1r): Incipit p[ro]logus sancti Hieronimi cardinalis. p[re]sbiteri. in libros Vitas pat[rum] sancto[rum].
Colophon (leaf [42]/7r): Liber Vitaspatru[m] sancti Hieronimi cardinalis p[re]sbiteri s[ummu]m alphabeti ordine[m] bene registratus impressus per Johanne[m] Zainer in opido Ulm Finiunt feliciter.
Printed in Zainer's types 4:96G and 5:136G.
Collation: [1¹⁰; 2-22¹⁰/⁸ 23⁶ 24-35¹⁰/⁸ 36-38¹⁰ 39⁸ 40¹⁰ 41-42⁸]: 386 leaves, leaf [42]/8 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio
For contents, see Bod-inc.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 30 x 21.7 cm., with several smaller chancery leaves throughout: 28.2 x 19.5 cm.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: [42]/8 (blank).

Contemporary German half (75%) undecorated pigskin (blind filets on rear board) over beech boards (31 x 22.5 cm.), sewn on 3 double supports; repaired by Duprez-Lahey. Printed waste (leaf of this edition) on front board and plain paper pastedown on rear board; braided leather endbands. 5 spiral-dome bosses on each board; 1 catch plate, clasp wanting; chain at tail of top board, former attachment on bottom board. Top board title label.
Variant Title: 

Vitas patrum


Hand decoration: Rubricated, red lombards and capital strokes. Annotations: Contemporary marginal alphabetic guide to text divisions and list of annotated books added to end of register. Contemporary manuscript quire numbers on each first recto, with "a b c d" on first four leaves of quire [1] and price(?) inscription: ix lb (leaf [1]/2r). Former shelf marks: S carved in top board, and 43 (white on a black square) on spine.

Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased from H.S. Nichols, 17 July 1908.