1564-1567, Martin Luther. Omnium Operum (All Works) Reverendi Patris D.M.L. (Doctor Martin Luther). Printed in Jena Germany.Stamped Pigskin.


An early (1564-1567) Opera Omnium (complete works) of Martin Luther, printed in folio in Jena, Germany. Bound in period blind stamped pigskin bindings dated "1571". The publishers produced a fourth volume, after these, which is not included in this set.

This work is referenced in Worldcat as OCLC #837205910, and in the Universal Short Title Catalogue as USTC 698699.

Full (Descriptive) Title -

Tomus primus omnium operum Reverendi D.M.L. quae vir Dei ab anno XVIII. vsque ad anni vicesimi aliquam partem, scripsit & edidit, quorum catalogum in fine tomi inuenies

Physical Attributes -

Each volume measures approx. 33 x 20 x 6.5 cm. Blind stamped pigskin with beveled oak boards. Boards stamped with a number of historiated panels in one frame, others with rolls, the year, and the title. Title, volumes, etc. in old (faded) hand on spines. Four raised double-bands to spines. Pages - [12], 540, [4]; [6], 571, [2], [3], 540, [4]

Condition -

See pictures. All volumes have a water mark, from bottom, to mid-page; this also affected the pigskin at the bottom half, with some waviness. Volume 1's wooden front board is broken with the fore-edge half missing, the following endpage and title page exhibit correlating damage (see pictures). Occasional edge wear, chipping, rub, and worm hole to all three covers. Volumes 2 & 3 have had their pigskin bindings loosened at an edge to check for valuable manuscripts behind the covers (I assume). Top of spine of volume 2 is chipped. No clasps remain, although their evidence does. Pigskin feels a little tight.

Some older annotations and ownership inscriptions in all three. Occasional edge chip, dog-eared page, thumbing, fox spot, etc.. Consistently toned throughout. Remember note above on moisture mark.

Despite notes, they display handsomely and exude a pleasing sense of historicity.

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