1556 Epitome Singularum Distinctionum, Arnoldus Vasaliensis and Petrus Lombardus


A 1556 edition of Vesaliensis' abridgement of the medieval works of Petrus Lombardus, printed in this smaller format for the intended audience of university students.

This copy has copious Latin notes, both at the front endpapers, and in the margins of the text. Also, at the gutter of the title page, there is a fragment of a medieval manuscript used to strengthen the spine during binding. Adding to the 16th century allure of this work, the panel-stamped calf boards are still retained (but worn).

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 12.5 x 9 x 3 cm. Calf binding (re-spined). Panel stamped blind boards. Spine with four raised bands, title in one compartment in gilt; raised bands ruled in gilt. Decorative endpapers. 152 leaves.

Condition -

See pictures. Re-spined. 16th century boards heavily worn. Rub on one raised band of spine. Heavy latin annotations, dated 1599 (3rd page) to blank unpaginated endpapers. Some toning and thumbing throughout. Name at top of title page. Stamp and call number at rear of title page (verso). Worming at bottom edge throughout, only occasionally does it intrude on printing. Tear in f.106. Many annotations f.113 to end. Moisture mark from fore-edge bottom intrudes on text at front, less at rear.

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