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Exordium in volumen stabilime[n]to[rum] Rhodio[rum] militu[m] ordinis hospitalis sa[n]cti ioha[n]nis iherosolimitani

Exordium in volumen stabilime[n]to[rum] Rhodio[rum] militu[m] ordinis hospitalis sa[n]cti ioha[n]nis iherosolimitani Stabilimenta Rhodiorum Militum. French Fondement de l'ordre de la chevalerie des hospitaliers de saint jehan baptiste de iherusalem Exordium in volumen stabilimentorum Rhodiorum militum ordinis hospitalis sancti iohannis iherosolimitani - [Paris] : P[ierre] L[e Dru], [between 5 Aug. 1493 and Apr. 1495] - 126 unnumbered leaves ; 31 cm (folio)

Title from caption on leaf a1r. Printer identified from colophon on leaf q5v: P L.
Printed in Le Dru's type 1:117G on Chancery folio paper. Dated from the type by CIBN.
Signatures: a-p⁸ q⁶.
First leaf within woodcut historiated border wand arms of the Grand Master, Pierre d'Aubusson.


Hellwald, F.G. Bibliographie méthodique de l'Ordre Souv. de St Jean de Jérusalem, page 213 Incunabula Short Title Catalogue, ic00115000

First edition of the Statutes of the Knights of Malta translated in French, with a special letter in Latin by the Grand Master, dated August 5, 1493.


In Latin and French.

Contemporary French binding of calf over oak boards, blind-stamped with rosettes and shields, surrounded by a border of interlaced ornaments; evidence of two ties. Housed in a beige buckram slipcase.


Knights of Malta -- Statutes
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