Bennett Gilbert, Editor.
Title A Leaf from the Letters of St. Jerome First Printed by Sixtus Reissinger, Rome, c. 1466-1467.
Book Condition Collectible: Very Good
Publisher Los Angeles and London: Zeitlin & Ver Brugge - H. M. Fletcher, 1981
Seller ID SG72015-2
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this is copy number 28, set in Monotype Janson and printed letterpress on Frankfurt Cream paper by Patrick Reagh and Vance Gerry; this is one of 100 copies bound by Max Adjarian. Folio. 15 3/8 x 11 1/4 inches. [vi], (36) pp. Pocket with the printed incunable leaf mounted on the first page after the front free end-paper, half-title, title-page with a Jerome-and-the-Lion vignette in red, 2 red initials within typographic borders; text clean, unmarked, the printed leaf has some marginal water-staining. Quarter vellum, marbled paper over boards, spine label titled in gilt; binding square and tight, upper corners bumped. Very Good. The leaf in this copy has 3 5-line initials hand colored in blue. This leaf comes from the Editio Princeps of the Letters of St. Jerome (347-430 AD), which were widely distributed throughout the fourth-century Roman Empire because of his advice for living the Christian life. Sixtus Riessinger (1440-1505) was a German priest and typographer, who is known for introducing the printing press to Rome and Naples. Some believe Riessinger's Letters of St. Jerome was the first book printed in Rome, but the exact date remains disputed. REFERENCE: De Hamel and Silver, Disbound & Dispersed, No. 170.
Bennett Gilbert, A Leaf from the Letters of St Jerome First Printed by Sixtus Reissinger Rome 1466-1467, Leaf Book, Fine Press, Limited Edition, Vance Gerry, Patrick Reagh, Max Adjarian