Augustine of Hippo, Saint (354-430 AD) De Civitate Dei, [bound with] De Trinitate. Basel: Johann Amerbach, 1490. Folio, illustrated with large woodcut depicting the Saint at work on verso of title, text in gothic letter in two columns, with commentary; finely rubricated throughout; bound in contemporary full blind-tooled calf over wooden boards by the monks at the Benedictine Abbey of Saints Peter and Paul in Abdinghof at Paderborn in Westphalia, with leaves from a 15th century large-format liturgical manuscript on parchment used as a pastedown inside the front board, and a full leaf (pastedown and fly-leaf) inside the back board, catches present, lacking clasps, five circular brass bosses on back board; ornate blind tooling distinctive of the abbey bindery used on both boards, including their Madonna and Child tool, IHS stamps, lamb and griffin stamps, and their signature eponymous tool depicting Saints Peter and Paul, with a large calligraphic monastic ownership inscription on the first title; this copy sold to Maggs at Sotheby's in 1964; ex libris Eric Sexton, an unnumbered book from his collection, with his morocco book label pasted inside the front board; rebacked, housed in a custom slipcase, 12 3/4 x 9 in.
a10, b-o8, p-y8, A-K8/6, L-O6/8; a-c8, d-l8/6, m6.
Goff A1244; HC 2066*; C 761; GfT 890; Schr 3394; Schramm XXI p. 27; Pell 1561; Walsh 1171; Oates 2775; Bod-inc A-530; Sheppard 2432; Pr 7585; BMC III 752; BSB-Ink A-863; GW 2888.
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