Das bůch der weiβhait der alten weisen.

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Accession number: 
PML 26112
Giovanni, da Capua, active 13th century
Ulm : Lienhart Holle, 28 May 1483.
[196] leaves : illus. (woodcuts) ; 30 cm (fol.)
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Purchased in 1928.

Title from explicit (leaf A9r): Hie endet sich das bůch der weiβhait/ der alten weisen von anbeginne der welt von geschlecht zů geschlecht.
Colophon (leaf A9r): Gedruckt un[d] vollendet durch lienhart hollen zů ulm/ nach cristi geburt .m.cccc.lxxxiii. iar auff den .xxviii. tag des mayenβ.
Printed in Holle's type 2:121G.
Collation: [a¹⁰ b-z⁸ A¹⁰]: 196 leaves, leaf A10 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio
Woodcuts and inititals.
Translated by Anton von Pforr and dedicated to Eberhart Graf zu Wirtenberg. The names are given in acrostic initials in the early sections (BMC II 612 reprint, Sotheby's, 1 July 1994, 180).
PML copy leaf dimensions: 29.5 x 20.9 cm.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: A10 (blank), perhaps used as rear pastedown.

Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards (30.5 x 21 cm), sewn on 4 supports by the Kapuziner workshop in Bamberg (EBDB w002896/Kyriss 126), active ca. 1466-1479. Plain paper pastedowns; braided leather endbands. 2 pin-clasps, 1 wanting.
Variant Title: 

Buch der Weisheit der alten Weisen


Hand decoration: Rubricated, red lombards and red highlighting on some woodcuts and initials. Annotations: No notations in text.

Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased from Emil Hirsch, Dec. 1928.