Very rare first edition. First book printed in Fossombrone. Typographical masterpiece, this work illustrated, divided into two parts, is the reform of the calendar. The illustrations are probably by Francesco Griffo, the famous inventor of the italic type of Aldus Manutius, who at that time was working with the printer of Fossombrone. The exquisite woodcut at full page consists of three related parts: the first depicts the Virgin in glory with the child in a semi,circle of the Popes, the second and the third representing Christ on the cross that stands on scenes from the Passion. Paul of Middelburg, astronomer, mathematician and humanist, was a canon in his hometown, he taught at Louvain and Padua: later became bishop of Fossombrone.
He wrote books on mathematics and astronomy: the Paulina, presented during the fifth Lateran Council for examining the reform of the calendar, is considered his most important work. Ottaviano Petrucci of Fossombrone, first worked in Venice, where invented movable type to print music, then he returned to Fossombrone: this is the first book printed by him no music in his city and is the first book printed in Fossombrone.On leaf FF4 there is a reference to the discovery of America and are cited Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. Adams P504; Mortimer, Italian, 363. Griffo, see. NUC v. 445 p. 540; A. Filippetti, Ottaviano Petrucci and character of "Paulina", thesis, Urbino, Higher Institute for Artistic Industries, a.a. 1993,94. The work is offered with a valid export license.