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Gnotosolitos sive Speculum conscientiae
1476, 25 May
€28.000 - €36.000

In-folio (38,5 x 27,5 cm), 472 leaves, gothic letter in double column, 50 lines, ff. 2 and 345 with large painted initials (16 lines) in red, green and blue, and decorative pen-work extending to inner margins, 30 smaller versions of the same, other initials supplied in red, rubricated, 2 tears repaired in f. 10, marginal tear in f. 149. A few stains, but otherwise clean copy. Contemporary blind-stamped calf over wooden boards, spine renewed, with 5 metal bosses on each board, new end lvs at the end

"The second Brussels incunable : a monumental work on Christian ethics and canon law by the Groenendaal canon Arnold Geilhoven of Rotterdam (1375-1442). It is the largest book printed by the first Brussels Press, founded by the Brothers of the Common Life. No printer's device was used by this monastic press. Provenance: this copy from the Broxbourne Library, sold by Sotheby's in 1977. Ref. Polain 1558a ; Goff A1063 ; GW 2512 ; Polain 1558A ; not in BMC. Ref. E. Cockx-Indestege ""The Gnotosolitos of Arnold Geilhoven published by the Brothers of the Common Life in Brussels in 1476. Observations on the surviving copies as evidence for their distribution"" in Incunabula. Studies ... presented to Lotte Hellinga (1999) 27-77"