[Councils.] Merlin, Jacques (ed.). Conciliorum quatuor generalium. Tomus primus (-secundus).

Cologne, (Peter Quentel, March) 1530.

Folio (230 x 334 mm). (14), LXXXIV, II, LXXXV-CCXCVII (but: 300) ff. (4), CXCIX (but: 197) ff., last bl. f. Title page printed in red and black. With a full-page woodcut portrait and numerous initials. Contemp. blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards on four raised bands. Ms. title to spine; 2 clasps.


Second edition of the collection of Council reports, "la première qui ait été éditée" (Hoefer, NBG XXXV, 82). With woodcut portrait of Emperor Charles IV at the end of pt. 1 (as always, one coat of arms stopped out during printing).

Contemp. ms. ownership note on t. p. overwritten in 17th century. A few contemp. marginalia and underlinings near beginning. Slight worming to front cover. A fine copy. The roll-tools display a hunter with bow and arrow, hidden in the foliage, and the probably apotropaic motif of a demon sitting on a chamber pot, holding up a mirror. From the collection of Franke Parker, Rector of Luffincott, Devon, and bequeathed by him to the Bishopric of Cornwall (cf. the bookplate on front pastedown): thus, in 1883 the volume was acquired by Henry Phillpotts, the Bishop of Exeter (then administrating Cornwall); his library was dispersed in 2006.

VD 16, M 4842. Adams C 2766. BM-STC German 225. Sawicki 288. Schulte III/1, 93.

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