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Tuscany Book offers
A splendid example of medieval printing, being a huge decorative Leaf from a fragment of
Decretales... by Pope Gregory IX
printed at Speyer in 1486 by Peter Drach.
Some of the initials, usually the blue ones, are hand painted, but many are printed in colors.
Bibliographical references: Goff G-461, Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, 11473.
The literal meaning of the Latin word incunabulum is "infant’s cradle" and alludes to the fact that printing at that time was in its infancy. The fact that a book was printed before 1500 is significant in that its value is much greater than if it had been printed after 1501.
Condition of the Leaf: As shown, in good condition. It is on hand-made paper. One out of two leaves has an indistinct watermark. There is evidence of ageing: light soiling, edge and margin flaws, worm holes, marginalia in pencil and ink, etc. I will mention flaws that cannot be seen on the photographs. Size of the leaf: ca. 16.75"x 11.5"(425 mm x 295 mm).
Pictured: Both sides of the leaf for sale and the colophon page giving the date of printing.
The colophon leaf is not part of the lot.
Please note: I never restore or treat my items with chemicals to enhance their appearance. Therefore, you can be confident that this item will not deteriorate beyond the natural aging process. Similar Items: For similar items, please see all of my listings. Please “click” on the blue link “View seller’s other items” at the top of the listing, under our seller name “tuscanybooks.”
About Tuscany Books: I have been in this business for over thirty five years. I deal in rare books, prints and maps. All my items are original prints or manuscripts; I carry no reproductions.
My Guarantee: I guarantee my items 100% in authenticity and customer satisfaction.
My return policy: I offer a full money-back guarantee of the purchase price if I am notified within 14 days after the buyer receives the merchandise. I will gladly accept my merchandise back if (1) it is in the same condition as at the time sold and (2) it is mailed back to me with full insurance.