Publisher: Parisiis: Ex Officina Roberti Ballard, 1650.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Bigmore & Wyman, Bibliography of Printing, vol. 2, page 37; Arthur Freeman, Bibliotheca Fictiva, 359.
Condition: Vellum a little soiled and worn; some slight smudges and stains in the text; very good copy.
Book ID: 19398
Description4to, contemporary vellum. Woodcut title-page vignette, two head pieces, two tail pieces, one initial letter and one full engraving in the text. Half-title present.
CommentsAn early example of “bibliographical forgery” in which its author, Jacques Mentel, “forged documentary evidence to prove that his alleged ancestor, Johann Mentelin of Strasssburg, anticipated Gutenberg in the invention of movable type” – Freeman. To add legitimacy to the text, Mentel dedicated his work to antiquarian and scholar Bernard van Mallinckrodt. Johann Mentelin was an important German printer who flourished between 1458-78. Duplicate tag and early ink shelf mark of an unidentified library on the front free endpaper.