Sussex Saleroom: 14th July 2020
INCUNABLE - [John MARCHESINUS (late 13th-early 14th-century). Mammotrectus super Bibliam.] [Colophon:] Expliciut expositiones et correctiones vocabulorum libri qui appellatur Mamotrectus tablie qualiorum plurimorus librorum. Venice: "impensis Francisci de madiis", 1485. 8vo (178 x 118mm). 242 leaves [collated complete], printed in double column, 39-lines to a page, small Gothic type, intials, capitals and decorations hand-painted in red and blue (some leaves mis-bound at the beginning, a few leaves lightly browned, some light mainly marginal spotting and staining). Contemporary panelled vellum decorated in blind over boards, plain spine with 5 raised bands, metal clasp (rubbed and stained). Provenance: copious 15th/16th-century annotation on vellum stubs and leaves at the front and beginning, and in some margins; E. Calvert (later library label on front pastedown); BIBLIOTHECA HEBERIANA (small label on [A1]); 2 old catalogue descriptions [for other copies] laid down on and tipped-onto front pastedown; [continuous] manuscript pagination throughout. First printed in Mainz by Peter Schöffer in 1470, Mammotrectus [with many variants] super Bibliam, a dictionary of words and terms extracted from the Bible and other religious works, was one of the most important scholarly texts of the later Middle Ages. It was criticised by Erasmus and Luther, then satirised by Rabelais in his Gargantua and Pantagruel. BMC V.333; cf. Brunet III, 250 (not citing this edition specifically); Goff M245; GW M20823; Hain 10564.