Ad sanctissimu[m] [et] beatissimu[m] dominu[m], dominu[m] Paulu[m] secundu[m] pontifice[m] maximu[m], liber incipit dictus speculum humanae vitae.

Accession number: 
PML 486
Sánchez de Arévalo, Rodrigo, 1404-1470.
[Paris] : Ulrich [Gering], Martin [Crantz] and Michael [Friburger], [not after 22 Apr. 1472]
[142] leaves ; 30 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

Title from incipit, leaf [1]/1r.
Imprint from ISTC. The imprint derives from a printed letter to Louis XI found only in the presentation copies, dated 22 April 1472 and with the first names of the printers.
Printed in Gering, Crantz, and Friburger's type 3:115G.
Collation: [1-5¹⁰ 6-7⁸ 8¹⁰; 9-14¹⁰ 15⁶]: 142 leaves, leaves [8]/10 and [15]/6 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio.
PML Checklist lists this item under Atelier de la Sorbonne as part of Gering, Crantz and Friburger as printers.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 29.2 x 21 cm, with many deckel edges.
PML copy missing 2 leaves: [8]/10 and [15]/6 (blanks). Leaf [1]/1 remargined.

18th-century English full brown calf over paper boards (30 x 22 cm), sewn on 5 supports; rebacked and board edges chipping. Marbled paper pastedowns and endleaves, with plain paper endleaves; decorative endbands; sprinkled edges.
Variant Title: 

Speculum vitae humanae


Hand decoration: Rubrication unrealized. Annotations: Several marginal notations in a contemporary French hand, nota bene marks, and manicules sporadically throughout text. 4 lines from Seneca's Agamemnon written below explicit, dialogue between Clytemnestra and Aegisthus, beginning "Delicta novit nemo nisi tu fides mea ...," dated 1498 (leaf [15]/5r). Manuscript alpha-numeric quire signatures at top-right corner in quires [1-8] and bottom-right in quires [9-15].

Michael Wodhull (1740-1816), inscription, 14 April 1794 (front endleaf 1 recto), purchased at Payne's sale (unidentified) for £5.5.0, through inheritance to his sister-in-law: Mary Ingram, who left it in 1824 to Samuel Amy Severne; J.E. Severne and Wodhull sale, Sotheby's London, 11 January 1886, lot 2242 for £4.8.0; William Morris (1834-1896), Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, booklabel (front pastedown) and bibliographic notes by Sydney Cockerell, tipped-in (front endleaf 1 recto); Richard Bennett (1849-1930), purchased Morris's library in August 1896, armorial bookplate (front pastedown); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.