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BALBUS (JOANNES) CATHOLICON 1497 FOLIO (32 cm)

The first encyclopaedia ever printed!

Venice: Johannes Hamman, for Petrus Liechtenstein, 28 Feb.

Goff B34; H 2266*;

321 leaves (out

'Let this book be called the Catholicon, in that it is common and universal, because it covers almost all knowledge'

The Dominican friar and grammarian, Johannes Balbus completed his celebrated Latin dictionary on 7 March 1286. He prefaced his work with the claim 'Liber iste vocetur Catholicon, eo q[uo]d sit co[mmun]is et uni[ver]salis. Valet siq[ui]dem ad o[mne]s fere sci[enti]as' .

The Catholicon is a long treatise for the study of Latin, divided into five parts: orthography, prosody, grammar, rhetoric, and etymology. It was an indispensable tool for theologians. With 670.000 words it is the largest and most complete lexicon of the Middle Ages, and by far the most popular. This is why it is was one of the first books ever printed, in 1460 by Gutenberg himself.

The 1460 edition is of course a near priceless treasure but to be the proud owner of a 1497 folio edition is not bad at all! Here is your change. Leaves B7, Q5-6 missing (leaves Q3-4 double). An error by the binder.

Condition

Bound in 19th half calf. First half of the book rubricated. Perhaps the rubricator became lazy afterwards. Top margin closely cut. Last lef laid down on old paper. A very impressive book.

Electronic facsimile : Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München Click here to visit the website

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