ISIDORUS HISPALENSIS. d.636. Synonyma de homine et ratione, seu Soliloquia. [Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt, c.1470/72.]
Lot 104
ISIDORUS HISPALENSIS. d.636.
Synonyma de homine et ratione, seu Soliloquia. [Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt, c.1470/72.]
US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£30,000 - 44,000

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ISIDORUS HISPALENSIS. d.636. Synonyma de homine et ratione, seu Soliloquia. [Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt, c.1470/72.] ISIDORUS HISPALENSIS. d.636. Synonyma de homine et ratione, seu Soliloquia. [Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt, c.1470/72.]
ISIDORUS HISPALENSIS. d.636.
Synonyma de homine et ratione, seu Soliloquia. [Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt, c.1470/72.]
Folio (315 x 214 mm). 110 28. 18 leaves, 37 lines. Type: 1:114 Gothic text type, one 18-line initial I with reversed ornaments, numerous Lombard initials in red and blue, and red capital strokes. Modern morocco antique. Some minor worming towards end, affecting a few letters, some light staining to outer margins not affecting text.
Provenance: H. Legel (bookplate).

FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST PRINTED BOOK TO CONTAIN REFERENCES TO BOOK COLLECTING AND BOOK COLLECTORS, an important treatise on the use of synonyms, a dialogue between Man and Reason, by Isidore. The reference to book collecting appears on the last page "where Isidorus writes against those collectors who buy books only on account of their good condition and the beauty of their bindings, afterwards keeping them in closed book-cases without reading them, or letting others have any profit from the same" (E. Miriam Lone). In Latin: "...sunt multi et forte religiosi aliqui, qui plures libros et satis nitide et pulchre ligatos habere volunt, et eos in armariis clausos tenent...." The book is one of the earliest books printed at the first Nuremberg Press, A LARGE COPY, VERY RARE, according to American Book Prices Current: no other copy of this book sold at auction in at least the past 40 years. HC 9294; BMC II, 404; Goff I-204; GW M15287; See Miriam E. Lone, Some Noteworthy Firsts in Europe during the Fifteenth Century, New York, 1930.
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