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    [John T. Beer]. [Gotschalcus Hollen]. [Praeceptorium Divinae Legis]. [Cologne: Johann Guldenschaff, 1481]. First edition. Fore-edge painting to the left by John T. Beer depicting "Monastic Ruins at Mount Sinai," signed and dated 1895 in the lower left corner. Small folio. 311 of 314 leaves; CCXii and CXV supplied in early manuscript, lacking [a1, blank]. Full 19th century polished calf over wood boards and decorated in blind, spine with five raised bands, decorated in blind and lettered in gilt, decorative blind roll to edges. Moderate edgewear, joints starting, rear joint partially split, rubbed and worn with some losses, small sticker to upper board. Inner dentelles stamped in blind, marbled endpapers; bookplate of John T. Beer with pencil notation to front pastedown, bookplate of Wican Free Public Library to front free endpaper recto, ink notations in Beer's hand and other booksellers and bookseller's description pasted to front free endpaper verso, ink fore-edge painting label to rear free endpaper recto. Internally generally clean and tight; 39 lines and headline, Gothic type, some initials in red or blue, leaves 90-122 with paragraph marks, initial strokes, and underlining in red, first and last leaves with small library blind-stamp to lower corners, first four leaves with repairs to fore-edge margin, somewhat foxed and soiled, some dampstaining, leaves 100 and 151 with paper gouge with some loss but not affecting text (likely the result of a paper flaw), a few small pencil notations, minor text block edgewear. Housed in modern custom brown cloth clamshell case, spine lettered in gilt, minor edgewear. Very good with charming and bright, though somewhat worn, fore-edge painting.

    BMC I, 225; Goff H-294; Hain 8766; Weber, Annotated Dictionary, pages 54-59. From the Estate of Randall J. Moskovitz, MD, Memphis, Tennessee




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