Lot 10B: Incunable 1492 St Ambrose in Original Binding

Sydney Rare Book Auctions

August 13, 2016
Ultimo, Australia

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Description: Ambrosius Opera Pars prima. Printed in Basel by John de Amerbach in 1492. 210 leaves of 52 lines. Printed in two columns and with wide margins and the paper very clean. Folio size The binding is original leather with much ornate blind stampoing with the remains of two contemporary paper labels on the spine and the rear cover. It has seven metal corner pieces (missing one) and there is a metal border with nine pins surronding the paper label. Spine well worn and with pieces missing. Some worming affecting several pages. Crayon on the endpapers. Lascks the colophon and about 10 leaves. This is a very good sample of a fifteenth century binding with the constrution of the binding visible because the boards are detached but held together by the leather binding surronding the boards and spine being intact
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