A sheet comprising two folio leaves from Vitae Illustrium Virorum sive parallelae[PLUTARCH]
Strassburg: The R-Press (Anton Rusch). 1473-1477.
One sheet comprising two folio leaves (342x250mm). Printed by in his distinctive Roman type identified as Typ.1:103R GfT1197. 49 lines, ruled in red, 33 eight-line initials in red and blue, sentence capitals rubricated in yellow. The text is part of the Life of Demetrius and the Preface and beginning of the Life of Antony.
Produced by the "R-Printer", identified as Anton Rusch, the son-in-law of Johann Mentelin. He was so called on the basis of the unusual and distinctive printing of the letter R, which, given that it is the initial letter of his surname, serves as a trademark. Rusch was the first printer North of the Alps to introduce the new Roman style of type known now as Antiqua. He was active in Strasbourg from around the early 1460s to 1489.
This sheet is in a red cloth bound folio folder together with the Sweynheym and Pannartz sheet from Nicolas of Lyra’s Postilla (2868). The front board has a handwritten label explaining the contents and inside the front board is the armorial bookplate of Kennet of the Dene. Although we are listing and selling these two items separately, we will sell them together with the folder.