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Gregory I, Pope, ca. 540-604; Tornacensis Alulphus, ed. Gregoriana super nouum testamentum. Parisijs: Bertholdus Rembolt, 1516. 4to (22.2 cm, 8.75"). , 142 ff.; illus. $2,000.00
Previously unprinted commentary on the New Testament from Gregory the Great, edited by Benedictine monk Tornacensis Alulphus. Gregory I spent time as a Benedictine monk, regularized parts of the Mass, and was known as "one of the most commanding figures in ecclesiastical history"; his analysis here begins with Matthew and ends with the Apocrypha. Searches of WorldCat and NUC Pre-1956 reveal only two U.S. institutions holding this uncommon edition (Harvard and Southern Methodist University); another was printed later in the same year at Strassburg by Joannem Knoblouch, dated 28 July, while the colophon here gives 15 January as a production date.
The title-page is printed in red and black, with a three-piece decorative woodcut border featuring wyverns and other mythical creatures, and Rembolt's printer's device; following the index, there is also a => large in-text woodcut of Gregory handing a book (his commentary, most likely) to a kneeling cleric. The text is printed in double columns using black letter, with decorative and historiated initials, shouldernotes and printed manicules, and red marks to highlight the start of sentences or notes.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") on rear free endpaper.
Adams G1187; Index Aurel. 104.188; Moreau, Éditions parisiennes du XVI siècle, II, 1360. On Gregory, see: Holweck, Biographical Dictionary of the Saints, pp. 446–7; our quotation is from this source. Modern boards covered in a 16th-century leaf from a biblical index with accents in red, new endpapers; booklabel as above. Light age-toning with a handful of marginal stains, one red; uneven edges (probably from manufacture), one small wormhole touching letters throughout most of text with two additional near the end. Title-page and final leaf have been attached to stubs for binding; five other leaves with small, early marginal repairs. => A neatly printed book with many embellishments; a very attractive thing of its kind. (39284) Please RESHELVE This.
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