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Accession number: 
PML 75837
Pierre, de la Cépède, active 15th century.
[Lyon] : [Mathias Huss], [approximately 1485-1486]
[48] leaves : illustrations (woodcuts) ; 24.5 cm (4to)
Credit Line: 
Purchased on the Fellows Fund, 1979.

Title from caption, leaf a2r.
Imprint from ISTC.
Printed in Huss's type 11*:100G.
Signatures: a-f⁸: 48 leaves, leaves a1 and f8 blank(?).
PML copy missing 3 leaves: a1 and a8 (conjugates) and f8 (probably blank).
PML copy leaf dimensions: 24 x 16.2 cm.
Paper format: Median quarto.
Woodcuts, at least 27, with repetitions.

19th-century French gilt-tooled full brown goatskin over paper boards (24.5 x 17 cm), sewn on 5 supports by Chambolle-Duru. Marbled paper pastedowns and endleaves, with plain paper endleaves; decorative endbands; gilt edges.

Hand decoration: Contemporary French rubrication, alternating red and blue initials and paragraph marks, and red capital strokes. Annotations: No marginal notations in text.

[According to Witten description: note previously in volume states that it was previously bound with another Huss incunable, dated 1486 in the same type and with similar woodcuts -- now unidentified; for provenance evidence see PML folder.] M. de Brye; E. Chapet; Edmée Maus (1905-1971), monogram booklabel (front endleaf 1 verso), no. 284, collation statement, Nov. 1966 (rear endleaf 3 recto); Laurence Witten, cat. 6 (1975), no. 78; Walter Eichenberger (b. 1922), his sale, Dörling (Hamburg), auction 95, 4 Dec. 1978, lot 80; Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased on the Fellows Fund, Dec. 1978 (accessioned Jan. 1979).