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Augustinus De Trinitate 1490 Incunabula Rubricated

Submitted by on May 16, 2009 – 6:12 pm

Offered is a very rare and desirable incunable edition, with unusually beautiful rubrication, of Augustines De Trinitate, printed at Basel in Latin by Johann Amerbach in 1490, in folio and in gothic type throughout. SEVERAL HUNDRED RUBRICATED INITIALS IN RED AND BLUE ADORN THE TEXT, AND EACH CHAPTER HEADING IS ADORNED WITH A PARTICULARLY ORNATE AND LARGE INITIAL IN RED AND BLUE.

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I have taken a photograph of every page, such that bidders can gain a complete understanding of the content and condition of the volume. Please find the photos below.

The volume comprises 85 leaves of 86; it is therefore textually complete and lacks only leaf a1. The volume measures 31.4 cm by 22.5 cm by 2.4 cm. Each page measures 311 mm by 218 mm. The volume collates a-d8, e6, f8, g6, h8, i6, k8, l6, m6.

Saint Augustine (354 AD 430 AD) is without question one of the central theological and philosophical figures of Western history. His Confessions inaugurated the genre of autobiography and his City of God is the finest early defense of Christianity.

De Trinitate is unquestionably amongst Augustines greatest works. Augustine himself states the following as the purpose of this treatise in 15 books:

This work is written against those who sophistically assail the faith of the Trinity, through misuse of reason. They who dispute concerning God err from a threefold cause. Holy Scripture, removing what is false, leads us on by degrees to things Divine, which true immortality is. We are nourished by faith, that we may be enabled to apprehend things Divine. Augustine further states that as been written in order to guard against the sophistries of those who disdain to begin with faith, and are deceived by a crude and perverse love of reason.

The volume is bound in 19th century blindstamped calf, rebacked with the original spine laid down and some wear at the edges and corners. The volume is rubricated in blue and red throughout, with extended flourishes, scrollwork and ornate rubrication in blue and red at each chapter heading. The print is clear and crisp throughout. The volumes faults are few: G4 shows a 19th century repair, with a capital supplied on the verso. There are also a few corner repairs and a few small stains, but generally this is a very attractive copy with unusually fine rubrication. Again, please see the photos below.

In all, this is an unusually attractive and desirable copy of Augustines De Trinitate in a rare incunable edition, printed at Basel in folio in 1490, bound in 19th century blindstamped calf, very finely rubricated in red and blue, with large and ornate rubrication and scrollwork at each chapter heading, offered at a reasonable reserve.

Please take the time necessary to view the photos below in order to gain a better understanding of the content and condition of the volume. Please also take a moment to view my other auctions of 15th through 19th century books.

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