A Leaf from the Letters of St. Jerome First Printed by Sixtus Riessinger, Rome c.1466-1467. With an historical essay by Jeremy Duquesnay Adams and a bibliographical essay by John L. Sharpe III. Edited by Bennett Gilbert
Los Angeles - London : Zeitlin & Ver Brugge - H.M.Fletcher 1981. Folio, 30pps, specimen leaf printed by Riessinger inserted in pocket at end, quarter vellum, marbled boards. As new.
Though there are still a number of tantalising questions to be answered, this important piece of research does establish beyond reasonable doubt that Riessinger printed his edition of Jerome at Rome before Sweynheim and Pannartz arrived from Subiaco. It is therefore both the earliest known book printed in Rome and the editio princeps of Jerome’s Letters. The leaf in this copy [No. 120] has a watermark which may repay further investigation.
The colophon states that - “300 copies Set in Monotype Janson and Printed Letterpress on Frankfurt Cream Paper by Patrick Reagh and Vance Gerry, Los Angeles, California June 1981.” This was certainly our intention, but various production mishaps meant that the final number was closer to 200 copies.
Reference: [Goff H-163 HC *8550 BMC IV 27 ]
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