Item #11825 [Uniform title:] Moralia, sive Expositio in Job. The Great Gregorius I, Pope, Saint.
[Uniform title:] Moralia, sive Expositio in Job.
BY ONE OF FRANCE’S PROTOTYPOGRAPHERS

[Uniform title:] Moralia, sive Expositio in Job.

Paris, Ulrich Gering and Berthold Rembolt 31 October 1495.

Folio (264 x 198 mm.). [xi], [679], [70]p. Three sizes of gothic and two sizes of roman type, including Gering’s first roman, double-column with inner and outer marginal shoulder notes, 50-54 lines per page, typographic manicules and printed guide letters, rubricated throughout with two- to seven-line initials completed in red and blue or red, paragraphs marked in red, a woodcut Remboldt device on the final verso (Renouard 956).

Late 17th- or early 18th-century mottled calf (worn, slightly wormed, crown repaired), spine and label gilt, edges sprinkled red.

            The Moralia brings Christian mysticism, asceticism, dogma and allegory to bear on the story of Job’s suffering. Pope Gregory marshaled Scripture alone to compose this massive commentary, which bridged the ancient and medieval worlds and remained a preeminent guide to moral theology through the Enlightenment.
           Gering and Rembolt reshaped this encyclopedic commentary for young scholars and busy clerics keen on ready-reference by adding two apparatuses. The first of their innovative indices provides access to all the Bible verses referenced or quoted in Gregory’s commentary — some 1500 entries in all. The second is topical, with over 300 entries on the natural world — animals, serpents, metals, herbs, woods, stars, human body parts, precious gems, wind, rivers, shadow, etc. — and on man-made objects.
          For the text, Gering and Rembolt used the 1475 Rome edition, which includes Bp. Domenico de’ Dominicis letter to Pope Sixtus IV stating that 300 copies were printed by three men in three months (here on AA1r). Two copies in U.S. libraries. In good condition (a few pale scattered stains and minor worming, loss of six sorts on the title verso), a handful of contemporary annotations, manuscript title inscription Ex biblioteca S[anc]tae Crucis Viridariensis 1669.
¶Seow, Job 1-21: Interpretation and Commentary 193; Manitius, Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur des Mittelalters I: 97I; BMC VIII: 29; ISTC ig00431000; Goff G-431.

Item #11825

Price: $7,500.00