CARLERIUS, Aegidius. 1390-1472.  Sporta fragmentorum. Sportula fragmentorum.  Brussel: Fratres vitae communis, 1478-79.
Lot 106
CARLERIUS, Aegidius. 1390-1472.
Sporta fragmentorum. Sportula fragmentorum. Brussel: Fratres vitae communis, 1478-79.
US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£30,000 - 45,000

Lot Details
CARLERIUS, Aegidius. 1390-1472.  Sporta fragmentorum. Sportula fragmentorum.  Brussel: Fratres vitae communis, 1478-79. CARLERIUS, Aegidius. 1390-1472.  Sporta fragmentorum. Sportula fragmentorum.  Brussel: Fratres vitae communis, 1478-79. CARLERIUS, Aegidius. 1390-1472.  Sporta fragmentorum. Sportula fragmentorum.  Brussel: Fratres vitae communis, 1478-79.
CARLERIUS, Aegidius. 1390-1472.
Sporta fragmentorum. Sportula fragmentorum. Brussel: Fratres vitae communis, 1478-79.
2 parts in one volume, chancery folio (285 x 200 mm). 1-1110 12-136 14-2910. 281(of 282) leaves (lacking final blank).38 lines. Rubricated with red initials, paragraph marks and capital-strokes. Contemporary ms quiring mostly preserved. 19th-century pastiche binding of brown calf over wooden boards, gilt tooled and painted to a 16th-century interlaced design, by Louis Hague-Coutin, upper cover with central sunk panel with painted coat-of-arms of the Medici Pope, Leo X and portrait medallion of St. Paul at center of lower cover, silver corner pieces of cherubs' in each corner of both sides, spine in four compartments two tooled with large coat-of-arms others tooled with cherubs' head, gilt and gauffered edges, silver catchplates (clasps missing). Minor splitting to upper cover. Light mostly marginal staining, minor marginal chipping or tiny tears to first and a few other leaves. Cloth folding case.
Provenance: Contemporary marginalia; Giuseppe Renato Imperiali (1651-1737, red inscription on black ground); Wilkins (his sale Parke-Bernet, 29 January 1952, lot 86); Estelle Doheny (morocco bookplate, her sale Christie's New York, 22 October 1987 lot 75).

FIRST EDITION of these "Baskets with fragments," with comments by the professor of theology at the Sorbonne. The Brothers of the Common Life established the first printing press in Brussels in 1475 and printed a number of spiritual books as well as the best works of 15th-century Flemish prose. Their schools became centers of intellectual life. Little is known of the binder Louis Hague-Coutin. According to a Quaritch catalogue, quoted by Nixon, Hague-Coutin worked in London, Paris and Brussels. VERY RARE, according to American Book Prices Current: only this and one other copy of this book sold at auction in at least the past 40 years. A TALL COPY retaining most of the manuscript quiring. HC 4513; BMC IX, 171; GW 6136; Goff C-200; See Nixon, "Binding Forgeries," Transactions of the VIth International Congress of Bibliophiles 1969, Vienna, 1971.
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