St. Jerome’s biblical commentaries. Incunable leaf, 1498, Venice.

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 The parable of the two eagles and the vine.

This Venetian edition of “Commentaria in Bibliam” brings together all of St. Jerome's biblical commentaries dating from the fourth and fifth centuries.  Even though Jerome's works were hugely popular in the 15th century, this leaf is from the only complete edition of the work printed during that period.  It was edited for the de Gregoris brothers by Bernardinus Gadolus.

Recto:   62 lines of text printed in Gothic and Roman type on laid rag paper.   Heading: Super Ezechielem (On Ezekiel).   Pilcrows indicate new paragraphs.

Verso:  As Recto with the heading Liber quintus.c.xvii.  (Book Five, Chapter seventeen).

 A “catchword” peccatum  in the bottom margin.

Origin:  Venice, Italy.  Printed by Johannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, de Forlivio,

Date:  August 25, 1498.

Content:  The original Vulgate Latin is printed in Gothic type, followed by Jerome’s commentary in Roman type.  The third pilcrow on Recto begins Chapter 17, Verse 7 of Ezekiel:

Et facta est aquila altera grandis, magnis alis, multisque plumis : et ecce vinea ista quasi mittens radices suas ad eam, palmites suos extendit ad illam, ut irrigaret eam de areolis germinis sui.

(There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.)

Condition:  Apart from some pale brown marks in the margins, the leaf is in excellent condition, sharply printed on quality paper with full margins.  It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

Notes: A catchword is a  word which is usually written on the bottom margin of a page that repeats the first word on the following page. It helped the bookbinder make sure that the leaves were bound in the correct order.

Size:  Leaf: approx. 325x215 mm.  Please note that shipping is invoiced separately.

References:  H 8581*; GW 12419; BMC V, 350; IGI 4729; Goff H-160; Essling 1170; Sander 3386. 

Item No.:  PSA206

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