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Jeroen Zaal


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Early and rare incunable with a beautiful large contemporary hand-coloured initial
Henricus HOSTIENSIS (DE SEGUSIO) Summa super Decretalibus. (Strasbourg, Printer of Henricus Ariminensis = Georg Reyser from Ensingen), 1478.

Two parts in one volume. Folio (leaf size 39,3 x 27,6 cm). 136; 120 leaves (complete with 3 blanks). Early 16th-century blind-tooled half-pigskin over wooden boards, partly covered with a vellum manuscript leaf. Spine 5 raised bands and handwritten title. Large (12,5 x 6,5 cm) red and green coloured initial. 2 columns, 63-64 lines, Gothic type. Many 2- and 4-line initials (a few 5- and 6-line ones) in red. Not foliated, no signatures, nor custodes.

Collation (compl): a12, b-m10, n8, 06; a-m10.

First 2 parts of the explanations of Pope Gregory IX's Decretales by one of the most famous and influential canonists Henricus de Segusio, usually called Hostiensis, [ca 1200 - 1271]. He was a scholar of Roman and canon law who was born at Susa (Segusio), near Turin. In 1262, he became Cardinal Bishop of Ostia, hence his name Hostiensis.

Contemporary marginal annotations, including a few manicules. Leather and vellum manuscript damaged, with small wormholes; ties missing; some unobtrusive small wormholes; first leaves with small damages and dampstaining; upper margins of leaves waterstained, more so at beginning and end, but most leaves remarkably fresh. Altogether a very good copy with broad margins of a very rare incunable.
GW 12233; H 8962; Polain 1868; Proctor 336; Goff H44; Pellechet 5733; Geldner I, p 64.

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