"Consolation of Philosophy" was written by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius (477-524) in the sixth century CE. Boethius was a Roman politician and philosopher. He wrote "Consolation of Philosophy" while jailed for conspiracy in the sixth century, and this piece is now considered one of the most significant works of the middle ages. This 1501 printing of "Consolation of Philosophy" was printed by Johann Grüninger in Strasbourg, France. Leaves are printed on rag linen paper. Notable aspects of this early printed book include its unique text format (the words of Boethius in the middle with commentary on the sides), woodcut illustrations, signatures (letter/number system denoting sections or gatherings of the book), and foliation (numbering of leaves instead of pages).
Boethius. "De Philosophico Consolatu. . . ." Printed by Johann Grüninger. Strasbourg, circa 1501. Bentley Rare Book Musem.