Lyon: Jacobo Hugetan, 1512. Title-page in black and red, with a 2 x 3" woodcut of Saint Jerome in his study. Numerous decorative woodcuts of varying sizes throughout. Text in double columns. Foot of spine lightly chipped, back joint starting to crack, but sound, remnants of off-white paint on spine. An unidentified red was one inch round seal on lower blank portion of title-page, final leaf torn at lower outer blank corner. Name inked out on title-page. Text lightly toned. A number of contemporary ink marginalia, mostly in the first part of the text. Old, mostly illegible writing on fore-edge, but including the author's name. An appealing copy in its original binding. Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over oak boards. With remains of brass catches at fore-edges of covers, lacking the fore-edge clasps. Quarto. ff. . CLXXIX, , complete with the last leaf, which is blank on the recto and features a large printer's device on the verso. Item #16771
Jerome (c. 347 – 30 September 420) is of course best known for his translation of the Bible into Latin, a translation that became known as the Vulgate. He also wrote important commentaries on the Gospels, as well as this history of the lives of the Church Fathers, which focuses on the desert fathers, St. Paul, St. Malchus, and St. Hilarion. Jerome's Lives of the Fathers went through many fifteenth- and sixteenth-century editions, including several by Jacobo Hugetan. The present edition is rare. It is not in Adams. OCLC lists under ten copies, none in North America.
STC French, p. 240. Baudrier, Bibliographie lyonnaise. XI, pp. 287-8.