Gutenberg and the Catholicon of 1460. A Bibliographical Essay. Together with An Original Leaf of the Catholicon. Margaret Bingham Stillwell.
(15th Century)

Gutenberg and the Catholicon of 1460. A Bibliographical Essay. Together with An Original Leaf of the Catholicon.

NY: Brick Row Book Shop, 1936. Folio. (6), 28pp. Library Edition. Contains an original leaf from the Catholicon of 1460, the production of which, as Stillwell argues in the essay within, should be credited to Johannes Gutenberg (some have argued that the second printing was achieved by Peter Schoeffer in 1469, after Gutenberg's death). Stillwell's work is divided into four parts and includes a registry of extant copies of the Catholicon of 1460. The single folio leaf measures 14 3/8 by 11 3/16 inches (365 x 284mm) and is printed on both sides with 66 lines in double columns, with red one-line rubricated initial capitals. The leaf is laid into a recessed panel in the inner rear cover, framed and held in place with silver clasps. The Catholicon itself exemplifies the early growth of the printing industry, being the first printed book to state the date and place of its production. This present leaf book honors those early advancements in printing, having been constructed by Edmond Byrne Hackett for the international celebration of the invention of printing in 1940. Prior to Hackett, the provenance of this copy of the Catholicon from which the leaves come includes: "...the possession of Sir Hans Sloane prior to 1753 when it was acquired by Trustees of the newly founded British Museum...It next appeared in the library of Henry W. Poor at whose sale in November 1908 it was bought by Alvin W. Krech, the distinguised banker and bibliophile, the kind co-operation of whose family makes this re-publication possible..." Bound in full crimson buckram by Krumin of Boston, and stamped in blind and gilt on both covers. The leaf shows a few small marginal chips, else fine. Housed in a maroon wrapper and the original slipcase, both of which show edgewear. Item #27414

(BCC #6; Chalmers 70).

Price: $7,500.00

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