JEROME, SAINT. 340?-420.
Epistolae. WITH: LUPUS DE OLIVETO. Regula monachorum ex Epistolis Hieronymi excerpta. Venice: Johannes Rubeus Vercellensis, January 7, 1496, July 12, 1496.
2 parts in one volume. Folio (306 x 214 mm). [¶]6 a-u8 x4 A-2C8 2D6 2E8 2F6. 398 ll. Roman type, foliation in top margin, printed guide-letters. 18th century half vellum over decorative boards, titled in ink on spine. Period marginalia, scattered dampstains, quarter-sized hole to Y6, last 3 gatherings with chip to fore-edge, final gathering repaired at edges with loss to half a dozen words.
Provenance: "Decii Gilusii et Amicor" (early ownership inscription on title).
Though St. Jerome's letters were not printed until 1468 by Sweynheym and Pannartz, they were originally were written with an eye to a public audience and thus were circulated within his lifetime. Prized for their vividness and lively tone, they represent his most important legacy after the Vulgate. HC *8563; GW 12435; BMC V 419 (IA. 23180); Goff H-175.