A magnificent large folio Mudejar binding from the Abbey collection
Supplementum Summae Pisanellae
Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 27 juin 1478
Royal folio (409 x 282mm). 324 un.l. with the first blank leaf, fine opening initial in red and blue with scrolling penwork decoration, other initials and paragraph marks in red or blue (small marginal wormholes in first quire, small wax stains in 3 leaves). Contemporary Spanish blindstamped dark red morocco over wooden boards, panelled sides with 6-pointed star at centre, heart and X tools, interlace frame (missing clasps, repairs at spine and corners); early 20th-century folding box.
HC *2157; BMC, II, 416; CIBN, N-37; Bod-inc, N-027; BSB-Ink, N-74; Goff, N-63

A large and handsome mudejar binding, possibly bound at Barcelona, from  the Abbey collection.

Hans Koberger directed a branch of his uncle’s business in Barcelona from 1495-7, and the present volume is likely to be a witness to trade in Koberger books to the Iberian Peninsula, decorated and bound once there. As the title indicates, the work is Nicolaus’s supplement to Bartholomaeus de Sancto Concordio’s Summa. As a digest of canon law conveniently arranged alphabetically for easy reference, it was popular in the second half of the 15th century.

Provenance: a few contemporary annotations — [H.P. Kraus (collation note, 1960)] – John Roland Abbey (1894-1969; sold Sotheby’s, 21 June 1967, lot 2055; label on box).