TURRECREMATA (Torquemada), Johannes de (1388-1468). Expositio super toto
psalterio. Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, 11 September 1474.
This book represents a new phase in Schoeffer’s printing career, one in
which he began to use purely typographical solutions instead of special
colored initials or rubrication for the articulation of the text page.
Composed directly from a copy of Ulrich Han’s first edition, printed in
Rome in 1470, Schoeffer’s fourth edition sets off the words of each
psalm dramatically in the small Psalter type of 1457, while the texts of
the expositions are in the text type of the 1462 Bible. Schoeffer also
copied Han’s small versal initials, here printed in black along with
A popular exposition on the Christian significance of the Psalter, this
work was composed by the Spanish theologian Johannes de Turrecremata,
the uncle of the Spanish Grand Inquisitor, Tomás de Torquemada.
Turrecremata entered the Dominican Order in 1403 and became prior of the
Dominican houses at Valladolid and Toledo. He attended the Councils of
Constance in 1417 and Basel in 1433 and was made a Cardinal in 1439.
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