Article number: 3826
Gouda, Gerard Leeu, 3 June 1480. 27,5 x 19,5 cms.
With the last part of Dialogue no 3 ("De stella transmontana") and the beginning of the fourth: "De hespero et Lucifero / Dyalogus quartus”.
With a woodcut of two six-pointed stars within a single line border, two handwritten initails in red, and several small handwritten typographical adornments in red and blue.
Leaf from the very first edition of a medieval collection of fables, which Dutch printer Gheraert (Gerard) Leeu printed several times from 1480 onwards. In 1483 it was printed at Stockholm by Johann Snell as the first book to be printed in Sweden.
All early editions of the ”Dialogus creaturarum” are extremely rare. William Morris had a copy of the present first edition in his library at Kelmscott House. It was sold at auction after his death, described as "Extremely Rare" in the catalogue already in 1898. It was later acquired by the Huntington Library.
Hain-Copinger 6124. Proctor 8920. Campbell 569. Polain 1263. ISTC No. id00159100.
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