BERNARDUS CLAREVALLENSIS, Pseudo-. Floretus in se contienes sacre theologie & canonum flores ad gaudia paradisi finaliter eos (qui se in illis exercitaverint) perducentes. With commentary as in Auctores octo. [Cologne: Heinrich Quentell, ca. 1494].
Chancery 4o (201 x 140 mm). Collation: Aa-Gg6 Hh4 Ii6 (Aa1r title and Accipies woodcut A, A1v text, Ii6 blank). 50 leaves (of 52, Ff3.4 supplied in contemporary manuscript.) 46 lines (full page of commentary) and headline. Types: 10:155G (titles, headlines, etc.), 7:80G (title and text), 6:63G (commentary). Two- to six-line initial spaces in first part (Aa1-Cc4). Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes and underlines; the woodcut with red highlights. (First and last pages slightly soiled, unobtrusive dampstain to upper margins, light uniform browning.) One of four Quentell editions of this frequently reprinted medieval text, this edition was set from Voulliéme Köln 233. HC 2914*; BMC I, 293 (IA. 4883); BSB-Ink. F-162; CIBN B-289; GW 4007; Harvard/Walsh 446; Pr 1418; Schreiber 3433; Voulliéme Köln 234; Goff B-394.
JOHANNES DE LAMPSHEYM. Speculum conscientiae et novissimorum. -Soliloquium regis eterni superni. -Soliloquium anime delicate. -Alphabetum exhortatorium. Speier: Conrad Hist, 1446 [i.e., 1496].
Chancery 4o. Collation: a-b6 c4 d6 (a1r title, a1v text, d5v colophon, d6 blank). Leaves a2-d5 with printed foliation II-XXI. 22 leaves. 38 lines and headline. Types: 1:180G (title, headlines and larger headings), 4:92G (verses and smaller headings), 5:71G (text). Three-line initial spaces. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes and underlines. (Paper flaws to a3.4 without loss of text, unobtrusive dampstain to upper margins, light uniform browning.) FIRST EDITION of all texts. HC 9845*; BMC II, 508 (IA. 8795); BSB-Ink. I-446; CIBN L-28; Pr 2434; Goff L-31.
[ARS MORIENDI] Speculum artis bene moriendi, de temptationibus, penis infernalibus, interrogationibus agonisantium, et variis orationibus pro illorum salute faciendis. [Cologne: Heinrich Quentell, ca. 1495].
Chancery 4o. Collation: a6 b4 c6 (a1r title and Accipies woodcut A, a1v blank, a2r text, inc.: Cum de praesentis exilii..., c6b blank). 16 leaves. 36 lines. Types: 10:155G (title), 7:80G (title and text). Two- to six-line initial spaces. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes and underlines; the woodcut with red highlights. Blind bearer type visible at foot of c6. (Light uniform browning, a few smudges.) This expanded version of the Ars moriendi has been attributed to Albertus Magnus, to Matthaeus de Cracovia, and in the Italian translation, to Dominicus Capranica. HC 14911*; BMC I, 294 (IA. 4902); BSB-Ink. B-766; CIBN A-598; GW 2610; Pr 1425; Schreiber 3671; Voulliéme Köln 305; Goff A-1098.
BALDUNG, Hieronymus (fl. 1490s). Aphorismi compunctionis theologicales. Strassburg: Johann Grninger, 6 January 1497.
Chancery 4o. Collation: a-k4 (a1r title, a1v woodcut, a2r text, k3v colophon, k4 blank). 40 leaves. 30 lines and headline. Types: 17:145G (title, headlines, etc.), 22:89R (title, text). Six woodcut illustrations by the Master of the Grninger Terence, one of which is repeated four times. Two- to seven-line initial spaces. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes, paragraph signs and underlines; most woodcuts with red highlights. (Light uniform browning.) FIRST EDITION, and first use of the woodblocks (Schramm XX, pl. 51, nos. 340-45). HC 2270*; BMC I, 111 (IA. 1450); BSB-Ink. B-21; CIBN B-29; GW 3211; Harvard/Walsh 177; Pr 477; Schreiber 3400; Goff B-36.
ALBERTANUS CAUSIDICUS BRIXIENSIS (ca. 1195-after 1250). De arte loquendi et tacendi. Copied from Heinrich Quentell's Cologne edition of 4 December 1486 (GW 541) - Attributed to HENRICUS DE HASSIA (ca. 1360-1427). Exhortatio de celebratione misse. - [Unidentified text] Opusculum devotum pro animi retentatione a distractionibus et laudibus in divinis, inc.: Ante orationem prepara animam tuam... MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER. [South Germany, ca. 1497].
Royal 8o and chancery 4o. Collation: [1-210 310 (-5, cancelled); 412 58] (1/1 blank, 1/2r Albertanus, 2/6r Henricus, 3/7v-3/10v blank; 4/1r Pro animi retentatione, 5/4v-5/8v blank). 49 leaves. 27 lines written in brown ink in a South German cursive bookhand, justification: 155 x 100 mm, frame-ruled in lead. Headings in red, red Lombard initials and capital strokes. (Slight foxing to blank margins, one small wormhole to blank margins.) The first text was frequently printed in the fifteenth century (GW 531-563), the second at least twice (GW 9511-9512).
Binding: contemporary south-German blind-tooled pigskin (sewing somewhat loose, one quire reinserted, a few tiny wormholes): each cover divided by diagonal quadruple fillets in the form of a cross of St. Andrew, each of the four resulting triangles edged with Kopfstempel and marked with curving lines emanating from a central rosette (Wind St. Peter 355), in the style of Ulrich Schreier, a Salzburg binder; original manuscript label on front cover, pink leather index tabs (one detached), vellum sewing guards cut from a 12th-century manuscript with oratorical neumes; evidence of one clasp, without the ten center- and cornerpiece bosses.
A FINE LATE MEDIEVAL SAMMELBAND.