Publisher: Venice: Bernardus Benalius, n. d. [but circa 1492-1493].
Edition: The first edition printed by Bernardus Benalius of Venice; Benalius also issued an edition of the same text dated 23 June 1494.
Bibliographical References: Incunabula Short Title Catalogue ia01269000.
Condition: Damp-stain in the margins of the gutter on about half the leaves, just effecting, but not obscuring the text; other slight stains and soiling; the later endpapers are browning a little; a good, complete copy with generous margins, not washed or pressed.
Book ID: 28205
Description4to, 20 x 15.5 cm, later - probably 19th or early 20th century - vellum manuscript boards and plain endpapers, a-e 6, 30 leaves.
CommentsThe first Italian edition of these letters attributed to St. Augustine (354-430), with two letters attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153). The text is often catalogued as "pseudo Augustinus" or "supposititious" due to the plethora of pseudo-Augustinian texts that were widely circulated during this time, several of which remained in print for centuries under the mis-attributions. Some of these mis-attributions were honest mistakes, but others were intentionally spurious. See John Exalto, “Orating from the Pulpit” in Augustine Beyond the Book, Brill, 2012. Minor annotations in a later hand, probably 16th or 17th century, in the margins of 15 leaves. Post 1940 catalogue description of an American bookseller tipped to the front paste-down.