Rampigollis, Antonius (dates unknown) and Bindo de Senis (d. 1390) Aurea Biblia, sive Repertorium Aureum Bibliorum. Ulm: Johann Zainer, 17 June 1475 [ISTC]. Editio princeps; the colophon reads "die altera post viti & modesti martirum," (15 June), Goff gave the date as 16 June; prologue only by Antonius Rampigollis, text by Bindo of Siena; 159 of 160 leaves, lacking the final blank (first blank present), single column throughout, gothic typeface, initials, capital strokes, and paragraph marks in red throughout, printed woodcut initials highlighted in red; some contemporary marginal notes; some manuscript ink signature marks visible; owner inscriptions of Johannes Werder dated 1495 and Brother Wolfgang Sedel dated 1536 "et iam me comparavit in foro publico," to first leaf of text; some worming; bound in full brown morocco by Anthony Gardner in 1968, with his full page Apologia on back binder's flyleaf; early ink title to bottom page edges, 11 1/4 x 8 in.
This popular and utilitarian text, filled with practical biblical allegories, was meant to provide help and advice to the Christian layman on topics from abstinence to zeal (subjects are arranged alphabetically). After going through twelve incunabula editions in twenty years, Pope Clement VIII (1536-1605) placed the Aurea Biblia on the index of prohibited books (Index Librorum Prohibitorum), citing the author's propensity to misquote the Bible and indulge in wild stories from questionable authors.
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Goff R12; HC 13681*; Pell Ms 9971 (9762); CIBN R-11; IBE 1068; IGI VI 1736-A; Bod-inc B-345B; Sheppard 1799; Pr 2508; BMC II 524; BSB-Ink B-520; GW M36970.
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