[INCUNABULA] AUGUSTINE, SAINT, BISHOP OF HIPPO. Epistolae Pulcherrimae.
Venice: Bernardus Benalius, circa 1490 [Goff, GW], or circa 1492-3 [Sheppard, CIBN]. First Benalius edition. Bound in a portion of a manuscript leaf over boards, late 19th or early 20th century. 7 5/8 x 6 inches (20 x 15.5 cm); 30 ff., collating a-e^(6) (the 1494 Benalius edition collates a^(6) b-g^(4)). Some staining in the gutter margin just entering the text on a few leaves, other minor staining and soiling, a few minor marginalia in a later hand (?17th century), but in all a nice copy, well-margined and unpressed.
The first Italian edition of these letters ascribed to St. Augustine of Hippo; the text also includes two letters by Bernardus Claravallensis (Bernard of Clairvaux). ISTC ia01269000; GW 2951; HR 1968; Goff A-1269.
C Estate of Florence and Judge David Edelstein
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