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One of the first books with reference of Colombo and Vespucci and America’s discover. PAULUS DE MIDDELBURGO. Paulina de recta Paschae celebratione: et de die passionis domini nostri Iesu Christi. Fossombrone, Ottaviano Petrucci, 1513

[Colophon:] Impressum Forosempronii per spectabilem virum Octauianum petrutium Â… anno Domini 1513 die octaua Iulii

Folio, mm. 320x205; Contemporary half calf and wooden covers, sign of clasps, spine with 4 ribs, handwritten title on the lower part; leaves 395 n.n., lacking last blank leaf; Collation: Segn.: a8 b6 c,s8 t10 ; A,O8 W6 P,2F8 2G5. Calendar text printed in red and black, numerous initials engraved in wood on black, round type. On the verso of the title page woodcut depicting a shield with the arms of Pope Leo X with a tiara and the keys of St. Peter, and supported by Two Angels, coat of arms of the Pope to leaf A2R and to leave A1R of the dedicatee vol. 2, the Emperor Maximilian. Four woodcut frames consist of four blocks and a woodcut at full page. At the end of the volume great typographic mark. Ancient inscriptions manuscript to inside covers, with Francisco Ramirez signature and reference to the Villamanta Villa and Villa of Serranillos. Excellent condition, specimen with wide margins.


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.

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First Book Printed in Fossombrone. PAULUS...

Estimate €7,000 - €8,000Feb 14, 2019