Binghamton: Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991. First Edition. Large 8vo. xxv, , 617 pp. With 16 b/w plates. Original cloth. Excellent condition, *NOT* ex-library. Very good. Item #3173
The essential Volume I for Walsh's great five-volume catalogue of incunabula at Harvard: "Books printed in Germany, German-Speaking Switzerland and Austria-Hungary." From Thomas Izbicki's review: "The first volume, 'Books Printed in Germany, German-Speaking Switzerland and Austria Hungary,' includes the explanatory Preface to the larger work. Among the important information found in that Preface is Walsh's over-all plan, loosely based on the work of Robert Proctor, for a work reflecting the geography and chronology of the first decades of printing. (Readers desiring to find the works of individual authors will be compelled to identify them through the indices.) Individual printers -- some of them anonymous -- are listed under the cities in which they set up shop. A standardized format gives author, title and date for each work on the same line with the number in Walsh's inventory. The second line gives collation and measurements. The next line -- or two -- is devoted to descriptive notes, including information on bindings, decoration, annotation and bookplates. Next come references to other inventories of incunabula, permitting comparison of Harvard's copies with those held by other libraries. Last, Walsh gives information on how the individual incunabula entered the particular collection at Harvard." (Medieval Review, 1996). To this we must add the Index of Incunabula containing Manuscripts, Index of Incunabula with Identified Bindings, and a List of Incunabula Not in Goff.
¶ From the famed Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana (sale at Christie's NY, 2005, lot 1300).