Ars minor [fragment]
Many of the Donatus editions printed with the Gutenberg Bible type contain either red-printed or, as here, red and blue-printed initials. The initials are those originally used in printing the Fust and Schoeffer Mainz Psalters of 1457 and 1459. The 5-line initial of the present fragment consists of two parts: the lombard initial proper, printed in red; and a background plate printed in blue, decorated with raised ornament in the manner of manuscript pen-flourishing. The three colors of the page, black, red, and blue, were printed at a single pull of the press. After each impression, the initial was apparently removed from the type page, and each of its two parts was carefully re-inked, and then reinserted: a slow process. Although the present fragment has a gap of about 3 cm between the two halves of the leaf, it is clear that when new, this edition, although of a utilitarian schoolbook, would have been an elegant and imposing work.
- Donatus, Aelius
- 1 imperfect leaf in 2 vertical strips, 28.2 × 8.5 and 28 × 8.6 cm
- [Mainz : Johann Fust and Peter Schoeffer, ca. 1457-1466?] or [Mainz : Peter Schoeffer, ca. 1466-1475?], [ca. 1457-1475]
- Fragment belongs to either the Mainz publication by Johann Fust and Peter Schoeffer of ca. 1457-1466? or the Mainz publication by Peter Schoeffer of ca. 1466-1475?.
- Two vertical strips of one leaf (fo.3, Schwenke 15:24-16:46) of a 35-line edition in 11 leaves, printed with the Gutenberg Bible type. The chapter initial printed in red and blue. Printed on vellum. Rubricated.
- Purchased by William H. Scheide from Albi Rosenthal, October 1980.
- GW 8720 (the leaf therein described).
- Invention and Early Spread of European Printing, no. 16.
- Princeton University. Scheide Library.. SC4.4.1