Das bůch der weiβheit oder der alten weisen.

Accession number: 
PML 200
Author: 
Giovanni, da Capua, active 13th century
Published: 
Ulm : Conrad Dinckmut, 12 March 1485.
Description: 
[5], ii-clxxxii leaves : illus. (woodcuts) ; 28 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.
Notes: 

126 woodcuts and initials. Woodcuts are copies of those used in the Leinhart Holle edition of 1483.
Collation: [1⁴]; a-y⁸ z⁶: 186 leaves.
Colophon (z5v): Hie endet sich das bůch der weiβheit oder der alten weisen. von angebinne der welt von geschlecht zů geschlecte. Das hat gedruckt Cůnrad Dinckmůt zů Ulm. nach Cristi unsers herren gebůrt .M.cccc.lxxxv. iar. an sant Gregorii tag deβ heiligen lerers.
Incipit (leaf a2r): Es ist von den alten weisen der geschlächt der welt diβ bůch deβ ersten in indischer sprach gedicht. und darnach in die bůchstaben der perseen verwandelt...
Paper format: Chancery folio
PML copy leaf dimensions: 27.3 x 19.1 cm
Printed in Dinckmut's type 2:109G.
Title from colophon.
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).

Binding: 
Modern full brown goatskin blind-stamped in a pastiche of an early style over stiff boards (28 x 20 cm) with gilt-stamped turn-ins, sewn on 5 supports by Chambolle-Duru. Parchment doublures and fly leaves with plain paper fly leaves; decorative endbands; gilt edges.
Variant Title: 

Buch der Weisheit der alten Weisen

Inscriptions/Markings: 

Hand decoration: Rubrication unrealized. Annotations: No notations in text.

Provenance: 
William Morris (1834-1896), Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, booklabel (front doublure), price code: Ec/ec/s (rear doublure), and bibliographic notes by Sydney Cockerell, laid-in (front doublure); Richard Bennett (1849-1930), price code: dm/-/- +___ (front doublure); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.
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