EYB, ALBRECHT VON. 1420-1475.
Margarita poetica. Venice: Johannes Rubeus, January 1, 1493.
Folio (315 x 225 mm). 176 leaves: a-h8 i4 k-x8. 61 lines, roman type. Capital spaces unrubricated. 18th century half sheep over marbled boards. Some unobtrusive ink stains to first page, short wormhole to first 20 leaves catching a few letters, mild toning, pale mostly marginal dampstains at ends, some rubs to binding.
Provenance: Baron de Eyb (19th century lithographed bookplate of a descendant of the author).
EIGHTH EDITION. Published for the first time in 1459 in Nuremberg and reprinted at least 13 times by 1503, Eyb's Margarita had three elements: it was a manual for letter-writing, a collection of model orations, and a florilegia. Following a model possibly acquired in Italy, Eyb offered, in a "well-organized and utilitarian fashion ... the material and the method for acquiring a particular style of expression" (Moss, 1996, p 67). This genre of guides to learners or de ratione studii gained popularity in the 16th century and, in English, evolved into common-place books. Goff E-177; Hain-Copinger 6824.