Very Early incunable leaf, 1474. Rainerius of Pisa.

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Rainerius of Pisa “Pantheologia” leaf,1474

"Animals not able to be offered to God"

 Decorative coloured initials added by hand.

This early, handsome leaf is from the second edition of the Pantheologia - a theological work of Dominican Raniero Giordani of Pisa (d. 1351).  It was organised alphabetically as a dictionary of important theological concepts. Written c. 1331 and influenced by the works of Thomas Aquinas, the work became popular in the fifteenth century, when six editions were published.  It is without doubt one of the longest books ever composed in the Middle Ages.

Verso:  Two columns of Latin text printed in black in a roman font on high quality rag paper.  One five-line initial ‘T’ in red added by hand.   Paragraph markers.

Recto:  As Verso, with a hand added initial ’S’.

Printer:  Gunter Zainer, Augsburg.

Date: 1474

Title:  Rainerius de Pisis.  Pantheologia, sive Summa universae theologiae.

Content:  The red initial ’T’ on Verso begins Chapter 6 of Rainerius’ discussion on animal sacrifices. The lines of text above the initial read: Many kinds of animals, under the old law, were not able to be offered to God.

Condition:  This leaf is in excellent condition, sharply printed on high quality rag paper.  Original margins all round.  Apart from some slight edge browning the leaf is faultless. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

Size: Leaf: approx. 405x285 mm. Printed area : approx.  280x180mm. Please note that shipping is invoiced separately.  Australia: $30.  Overseas: ask for quote.

Notes:  It is interesting to note that: "Although the author was Italian, of the six editions printed in the 15th-century, the first five appeared in Germany, suggesting that the manuscripts quickly found their way to Nuremberg, where it is quite possible that the celebrated humanist, physician and bibliophile Hartmann Schedel had something to do with seeing the formidable tomes into print." (Notes on the bibliography of Rainerius de Pisis, Rhodes, p. 238)

References: H *13016; BMC II, 321; Bod-inc R-002; BSB-Ink R-2; IGI 8268; Goff R-6.

Item No:  PSA 140

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