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Vitas patrum.
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Titles from explcit (leaf Aa8 recto): Vitas patrum, that is The lyfe of olde auncyent faders

Prologue begins (leaf Aa8 recto): Here foloweth the right deuoute, moche lowable, [and] reco[m]mendable lyff of the olde auncyent holy faders hermytes

Lyfe of olde auncyent faders

Vitae patrum. English.
Enprynted in the sayd towne of Westmynstre : Be my Wynkyn de Worde, the yere of Our Lorde MCCCClxxxxv ... [1495]
Physical Description:
[8], CCCxlvii [that is, 348] leaves : illustrations (woodcuts) ; 29 cm (folio)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
BR1705.A2 V525 1495+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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BAC: British Art Center copy bound 18th-century diced russia; edges trimmed and stained yellow. "At front are the bookplates of C.W. Dyson Perrins and C.L. Higgins. There is also a note in Higgins' hand tipped in stating that the book is 'quite perfect.' On the title leaf is the cipher of Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1583-1648). An 18th-century bookplate with the initials 'RW' is on the verso of the free endpaper. This copy was sold at Sotheby's on 18 April 1904 to Quaritch, with some other books from Higgins' library. It was sold again in the Dyson Perrins sale at Sotheby (9 June 1947) to Maggs. From Sir Arthur Howard."--Grolier Club.
BEIN Zi 9697: Imperfect: leaves Aa1-Aa8, a1-a2, 2N3-2N6, 2X1, 2X3, 2X4, 2X6 wanting, all but Aa3-Aa7 supplied in manuscript facsimile. Some leaves mutilated and mended.
BEIN Zi 9697: Provenance: Gift of Thomas Ewart Marston, through the Library associates, March 1947.
BEIN Zi 9697: Binding: 26cm. Brown morocco, gold- and blind-tooled, including edges and squares. Signed: Bound by C. Murton.
Imprint from colophon.
Introduction to the prologue, leaf [2] recto: Here foloweth the right deuoute, moche lowable, [&] reco[m]endable Lyff of the olde auncyent holy faders hermytes, late translated out of Latyn in to Frensche, and dylygently corrected in the cyte of Lyon, [the] yere of our lord M.CCCC.lxxxvi, vpon that whiche hath be wryten and also translated out of Greke in to Latyn, by the blessyd [&] holy saynt Saynt Ierome ... [&] other solytarye relygyouse persones after hy[m] and after in the yere of our lorde M.CCCC.lxxxxi, reduced into Engylsshe folowyng the copye, alwaye vnder correccyon of doctours of the chirche.
Explicit and colophon, leaf 2x5 verso: Thus endyth the moost vertououse hystorye of the deuote [&] right renommed lyues of holy faders lyuynge in deserte, worthy of remembraunce to all well dysposed persones, whiche hath be translated out of Frensshe in to Englysshe by Wyllyam Caton of Westmynstre late deed, an fynysshed it at the laste daye of his lyff. Enprynted in the said towne of Westmynstre by my Wynkyn de Worde the yere of our lorde M.CCCC.lxxxxv and the tenth yere of our souerayne lorde Kyng Henry the Seuenth.
Signatures: Aa⁸ a-o⁸ p⁶ q-x⁸ y¹⁰ z-2t⁸ 2v-2x⁶.
2 columns; 40-41 lines; 154 column width, 18-line woodcut illustrations (39 designs, many repeats); 6-line and 3-line woodcut initials; woodcut printer's device.
Full-page woodcut of St. Jerome in his study repeated at beginning of each section (leaves Aa8 verso, z1 recto, 2r6 recto, 2t3 verso, 2v1 verso) and on the verso of final leaf beneath a repeat of the woodcut title.
Errors in foliation: leaf number lxxxxiii repeated; leaves xxxi, lxxii, lxxxvii, Ci, and CCxxiv misnumbered ʺxxx,ʺ ʺlxi,ʺ ʺlxxtviiit,ʺ ʺC,ʺ ʺCCxxxi,ʺ respectively.
Title is xylographic (white on black).
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, M50906
Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum, XI, page 197
Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries, entry H-213
Incunabula short title catalogue, ih00213000
Copinger, W.A. Supplement to Hain's Repertorium bibliographicum, 2961
Proctor, R. Index to the early printed books in the British Museum, 9697
Catalogue of books printed in the fifteenth century now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, H-116
Catalogue of the fifteenth-century printed books in the University Library, Cambridge, 4120-4122
Duff, E.G. Fifteenth century English books, 235
Subject Terms:
Christian saints -- Biography.
Desert Fathers -- Biography.
Fathers of the church -- Biography.
Herbert of Cherbury, Edward Herbert, Baron, 1583-1648 -- Autograph.
Hermits -- Biography.
Higgins, Charles Longuet, 1806-1885 -- Bookplate.
Incunabula in Yale Library.
Marston, Thomas E. -- Ownership.
Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 -- Bookplate.
Binders' stamps (Binding)
Woodcuts (prints)
Jerome, Saint, -419 or 420.
Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492, translator.
Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534?, printer.
Murton, Charles, active 1821-1840, binder.

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