- For the greater part (sl.) browned; partly waterstained (in margins); upper pastedown and first free endpaper w. two old owner's entries, two (old engr. heraldic) bookplates and two library stamps. Boards worn along extremities.
= Adams 442; Leiden imprints p.56; McMurtrie 989 (erroneously Antwerp). With pages 250-260 of this book the problem was born: the first printed statement that it was Coster who invented the art of printing: "Typographicae artis inventum Harlemo asseritur". Pages which "have probably given rise to more controversy than any statement to be found in literary history" (Bigmore/ Wyman I/379). Old owner's entry on lower pastedown reading: "De inventione artis typogr: Laurens Kostero, civi Harlemensi, vindicata vid. pag. 255 ff." Last but not least, this is an important book on medieval Dutch history and topography.
AND 1 other on the invention of the art of printing: A. DE VRIES, Bewijsgronden der Duitschers voor hunnen aanspraak op de uitvinding der boekdrukkunst (The Hague, 1844, orig. lithogr. (worn) limp boards).