Berkeley: Tamalpais Press, 1962. Limited Edition. Wraps. No. 58 of 135 copies, folio size, 7 pp. Near fine. Item #19052042
Bartolomeus Zanni, while not as well known as some of his contemporaries who were inventing the art of printing using movable type as they went, was one of about 150 printers working in Venice by the year 1500, publishing approximately 50 incunabula between 1486 and 1500 and continuing to work as late as 1518.
This work, done as a keepsake for the December, 1962 meeting of The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, has a leaf from Zanni's "Legendario de Sancti", published in 1503. The "Legendario" is a translation of the "Legenda Sanctorum" which would later be known as "The Golden Legend", a group of stories of the Christian Saints compiled by Joacobus de Voragine (ca. 1230-1209).
The leaf included in this particular volume has two woodcuts (measuring approximately 3" by 2.25"), one on each side of the leaf, underneath these are two four-line initial capital letters. Accompanying the leaf is a monograph by Duncan H. Olmstead, a printer in Petaluma, California, who was active in both The Book Club of California and The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, serving as the Roxburghe Club's Master of the Press for two seasons, 1967-1968 and 1968-69.
___DESCRIPTION: String-bound with green cardstock wraps, red lettering and ornaments on the front wrap, title page with red decoration, monograph opens with a five-line red initial capital letter, the monograph consists of a little over two pages with a bibliography of Sources at the end, colophon page with printer's device in red, limited edition of 135 copies, this no. 58 of the 100 reserved for members of The Roxburghe Club; folio size (13 3/8" by 9 1/8"), unpaginated with three sheets forming six leaves: the first leaf blank; the second leaf being the title page, verso blank; the third leaf being page one of the monograph, verso blank; the fourth leaf being blank on the recto, the second page of the monograph on the verso; the fifth leaf the final page of the monograph and Sources, colophon on the verso; sixth leaf blank; note that the original 1503 leaf is tipped into the book between the blank verso of the third leaf and the blank recto of the fourth leaf; in all, five printed pages plus the leaf.
___CONDITION: Near fine, the wraps clean other than a small stray spot at the upper margin of the front wrap and with mininal edgewear, the string binding strong, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the original leaf near fine with light toning and a few spots of foxing, a pencilled correction to the page number at the top fore-edge corner of the recto of the leaf and a few very light markings (undecipherable) in sepia ink at the bottom margin. Overall a near fine copy throughout.
___CITATION: Disbound & Dispersed no. 126; 40 Years, The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco p. 38.
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