Breviarium Iuris Canonici, Sive Decretorum Breviarium
by Florentinus, Paulus Attavanti
1486. The First Book Printed In Germany with an Author Portrait [Florentinus, Paulus (Paulo) Attavanti (c.1445-1499)]. [Breviarium Totius Iuris Canonici, Sive Decretorum Breviarium]. [Memmingen: Albrecht Kunne, 1486]. [IV], CXXIX ff. Last leaf, a blank, lacking. Woodcut portrait frontispiece of author. Collation: [A4, B10, C-N8, O10, P8, Q5 (of 6)]. Text in parallel columns with side-notes. Chancery folio (9-1/2" x 7-1/4"). Seventeenth-century flexible vellum, blind rules to boards and spine, ties lacking. A few minor scuffs, a bit of staining and a few worm holes to front board, light rubbing to extremities, chip to head of spine. Text printed in 50-line Gothic type on wide-margined paper, rubricated throughout with Lombard ranging from 4 to 10 lines, many with handsome penwork. Light toning to text, faint dampstaining to head of first 11 and fore-edges of final 16 leaves, minor, often very minor, worming to foot of text block. Later annotations in pencil to front endleaves, early annotations and underlining to a few passages, 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" sheet of notes in early hand affixed to foot of verso of final leaf. A handsome copy. * Third edition, and the first of two editions published by Kunne. Kunne's edition of the Breviarium Totius Iuris Canonici, an elegant summary of the Corpus Juris Canonici, was the first book printed in Germany with an author portrait. It is a reprint, with some differences in appearance, of the first edition, which was printed in Milan by Leonardus Pachel and Ulrich Scinzenzeler on August 28, 1479. The woodcut in that edition was copied from another work of Paulus Attavanti, the Quadragesimale (Milan, September 10, 1479). This was the first book to feature an author portrait. In both the original portrait and its later copies, the initials under the figure identify the subject as "Magister Paulus Florentinus Ordinis Sancti Spiritus." A member of the humanistic circle associated with Lorenzo de' Medici and Marsilio Ficino, Paulus was praised for his culture and eloquence. OCLC locates 9 copies in North America, 2 in law libraries (Harvard, UC-Berkeley). Goff, Incunabula in American Libraries P180. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke M30141. (Inventory #: 66001)
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