Speculum beatae Mariae virginis
Württemberg, Germany, 1466.
Original white pigskin over boards; stamped with a stylized peacock design on upper cover, central panel; surrounded by 8 circular stamps, 4 with the eagle of St. John, 4 with an Agnus Dei; stamps filled with red pigment; remains of 2 clasps on fore-edge. Signed with name of binder, Johannes Richenbach, on lower cover (Per.me.rich.en.bach. .illi ga tus. .ingÿs lingen) and with name of owner on upper cover (iste liber perinet domino bartholomeo scher.en.bach.).
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1907.
176 leaves (2 columns, 43-45 lines), bound : paper ; 300 x 210 mm
Written by Bartholomeus Scherenbach of Schwäbish-Gmünd, who was also the first owner; Samuel Leigh Sotheby (ca. 1850); George Becher Blomfield; Guy Feilden (his sale, London, Sotheby's, Nov. 10, 1906, lot. 165 to Quaritch); purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Quaritch in 1907; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).