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Crescentiis (Petrus de) Ruralia commoda, collation: 2-36 a8 b-y6 z8, 148 leaves (complete with final blank), first quire numbered but not signed, text in 2 columns, 46 lines, type: 1:160G, 2*:91G, 3:91G, blank spaces for capitals, with printed letters, initials painted in blue and red, rubricated throughout in red, first leaf dust-soiled and with repaired tear, some light foxing and dust-soiling mostly to upper margins, modern calf over wooden boards, title and imprint lettered in gilt on front cover, spine with four raised bands, tabs in pink fabric, upper cover almost detached, folio (286 x 204mm.), Strassburg, [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (i.e. Georg Husner)], 9 March 1486.

⁂ First and only edition of Crescenzi's manual of rural economy published in Strassburg in the 15th century, issued from the printing house of Georg Husner, who was one of the leading printers active in the city between 1479 and 1505. Husner signed only a few books during his career, and the printing of the Ruralia commoda was in the past assigned to an eponymous press known as the 'Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg', so named from its edition of the Postillae de tempore by Jordanus, which appeared in Strassburg in 1483 (see BMC I, pp. 130-131). Ernst Voulliéme was the first to argue in 1915 that Husner was indeed the owner of this press (see Zentralblatt für Bibliothekswesen, 1915, pp. 309-321), and this identification is now generally accepted.

Provenance: verso of final blank with letters in red 'H.I.S.V.G.', written in an early hand; 'Liber Georgij Posch Sanctj Egidij Vratislaviens. ... Anno Iubel. Mill. Quingentesimo' (ownership inscription on front pastedown); 'Liber Ioannis Krefels a Volfseck' (ownership inscription on recto of first leaf); Alfred Ashworth of Horsley Hall Gresford, Denbighshire (1843-1910; ex libris on recto of first leaf); the English historian Frederick York Powell, by 1894 Regius professor of Modern History at Oxford (1850-1904; ownership inscription on front pastedown dated 1890).
Rothamsted acquisition date 1917

Literature: ISTC ic00968000; HC 5831*; GW 7824; BMC I 134; ; Bod-inc C-481; IGI 3264; Goff C-968; Klebs 310.5.

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Crescentiis (Petrus de) Ruralia commoda, Strassburg,

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing