Institutio vite sacerdotalis / d[omi]ni Ioannis Tritemij abbatis spanhemensis ordinis diui patris benedicti mogu[n]tinensis diocesis : ad Nicolaum presbyteru[m] mernicensem Treuerensis diocesis.

Accession number: 
PML 28070.3
Trithemius, Johannes, 1462-1516.
[Mainz] : [Peter von Friedberg], [after 22 Oct. 1494]
[20] leaves ; 20.5 cm (4to)
Credit Line: 
Purchased in 1931.

Title from half-title page, leaf A1r.
Imprint from ISTC.
Printed in Peter von Friedberg's types 1:81G and 2:141G (mixed with 3:149G).
Dedicated to Nicolaus Mernicensis. Prefatory letter to Nicolaus Mernicensis by Thomas Ruscher, leaf A2, dated 22 Oct. 1494.
Signatures: A⁸ B-C⁶: 20 leaves.
Paper format: Chancery quarto.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 19.7 x 13.7 cm.
PML copy on vellum.

Contemporary German calf, blind-tooled with rosette and leafwork tools, over wooden boards (20.5 x 14 cm), sewn on 4 supports, some stamps similar to those from the "Wappen-Meister I" bindery in Limburg (EBDB w002106); rebacked and repaired by Duprez Lahey. Modern paper pastedowns and endleaves, with original manuscript waste endleaves (front and rear endleaves from different manuscripts). 2 clasps.

Hand decoration: Contemporary rubrication, red initials, paragraph marks, and capital strokes (same style in works 1-3, different style in 4-5). Annotations: A few contemporary marginal notations in text, in two different hands.

Unidentified signature: Albertij No[???]ij (front manuscript waste, leaf 2r); unidentified signature: Ex libris D[omi]ni [abraded] (De laudibus Carmelitarum, leaf A1r); Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased from Wirtheim, Jan. 1931.