“MARCUS VON LINDAU (c.1325-1392). Buch der zehn Gebote. [With:] Sprüche der heiligen Lehrer. Beklagung von einem sterbenden Menschen. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 1483.
First and only edition in the 15th century of Lindau’s work, and the first German edition Ratdolt printed in Venice. The Beklagung von einem sterbenden Menschen is chapter 21 of a German translation of Henricus Suso, Horologium aeternae sapientiae. H *4034; BMC V 288; Bod-inc M-093; BSB-Ink M-181; ISTC im00261000; Goff M-261.
Median folio (312 x 212mm). 82 leaves. Decorative opening initials, first text page printed in red and black, partly rubricated (minor worming touching a few letters, occasional light finger soiling, last quire starting). Contemporary red pigskin-backed wooden boards, remains of clasp (spine ends rubbed and bumped). Provenance: Jerge [?jorge] von Breidenbach (contemporary inscription) – Herzoglicher S. Meiningischer Bibliothek (stamp). Prince Ernst of Sachsen-Meiningen, from whom dispossessed, 1945. The present work is being offered for sale pursuant to an agreement between the consignor and Prinz Ernst von Sachsen-Meiningen GbR. This resolves any dispute over ownership of the work and title will pass to the buyer.”