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AURBACH, Johannes de (fl. 15th century). Summa de auditione confessionis et de sacramentis. Augsburg: Gnther Zainer, 1469.
AURBACH, Johannes de (fl. 15th century). Summa de auditione confessionis et de sacramentis. Augsburg: Gnther Zainer, 1469.

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AURBACH, Johannes de (fl. 15th century). Summa de auditione confessionis et de sacramentis. Augsburg: Gnther Zainer, 1469.

Chancery 2o (288 x 218 mm). Collation: [11; 2-78] (1/1r blank, 1/1v table; 2/1r prologue, De confessione, 4/8v blank, 5/1r De baptismo, 7/8v colophon). 49 leaves. 35 lines. Type: 1:117G. Two- to six-line initial spaces. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes and paragraph signs. (Dampstains to blank margins; 1/1 rehinged.)

Binding: contemporary South-German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards (small tear to headcap, a few small wormholes): the sides tooled with a broad triple fillet to an overall saltire pattern within a single unornamented frame, each compartment of the central panel filled with a cluster of tools consisting of a rosette, a diamond-shaped flower tool, a leaf, and a stylized ornament, the larger compartments also with a small Kopfstempel, the supralibros of the Vienna Dominicans consisting of the letters "W" and "P" flanking a crown on the front cover; original vellum manuscript label on front cover; one clasp (of two); ten brass bosses; vellum sewing guards cut from 14th-century manuscripts; pink leather index tabs (one missing); title lettered on lower edge of text-block; new cloth folding case

Provenance: scattered early annotations -- Vienna, Dominicans: binding.

FIRST EDITION. According to the annotated edition of BMC, the author of this work was vicar of S. Nicolas in Grebern, diocese of Bamberg, an identification confirmed by the contemporary label on the front cover of this book which describes this text as Summa magistri Joannis de Auerbach vicarii Bambergensis. GW and most other reference works distinguish this author from Johannes de Auerbach the canonist, who wrote the Processus iuris. Gnther Zainer of Reutlingen, the first printer in Augsburg, completed his first dated book there on 14 March 1468. He had probably learned printing in Strassburg and was the brother of Johann Zainer, the first printer in Ulm. He died in 1478, having previously left a number of books to the Charterhouse at Buxheim.

The present volume is a fine example of a Sammelband incorporating both printed and manuscript texts, assembled by a fifteenth-century religious community to support its own interests, both spiritual and secular. E.P. Goldschmidt, Gothic and Renaissance Bookbindings, no. 9 and pl. C, describes another binding which he attributes to the bindery of the Vienna Dominicans ca. 1475, and refers to four more in the British Library, all of which employ different stamps; cf. also Doheny I, lot 14.

H 2124*; BMC II, 315 (IB. 5410); BSB-Ink. I-534; CIBN A-786; GW 2852; Pr 1522; Goff A-1381.

[Bound with]:

TURRECREMATA, Johannes de (1388-1468). Tractatus de sacramento eucharistiae (Kaeppeli 2711). -Libellus contra impugnantes paupertatem Christi et apostolorum (Kaeppeli 2713). -Meditationes (Contemplationes) (Kaeppeli 2736). - Johannes de MONTENIGRO (d. 1445/6). Tractatus contra impugnantes privilegia fratrum mendicantium (Kaeppeli 2496). - [Unidentified treatise on the privileges of the religious orders], inc.: Quia in paucioribus. Quia magis ut exemptionum materia eam breviter prostringendo plenius elucescat... MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER. [Vienna?, ca. 1471].

Chancery 2o [112(1 cancelled) 2-412 510(5+s2) 612 712(1 cancelled) 812 912(7-12 cancelled); 10-1112 126(3-6 cancelled)] (1/2r De sacramento eucharistiae, 4/7r Contra impugnantes paupertatem Christi, 5/7r Meditationes, 7/2r Contra impugnantes privilegia, 9/6v colophon dated 1471; 10/1r Quia in paucioribus). 127 leaves. 33-40 lines, double column. Written in brown ink in a South-German cursive bookhand, justification: 210 x 130 mm. Headings in red, red Lombard initials, capital strokes, paragraph marks and underlines. (The first leaf dust-soiled, small rust stains to first ca. 4 leaves.)

[Bound with:]

[Unidentified treatise against the Hussites], inc.: Certa bonum certamen fidei apprehende vitam eternam in quam vocatus es. 1a Thomae 6o. Et prae assumpta pro introduccione et prologo nostri tractatus necnon prosecucione materie contra perfidam heresim hussitice gentis ... MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER. [Austria, ca. 1470]

Chancery 20 [112(1 cancelled) 212 312(+-1) 412 512(+-1) 612 712(+-1) 812 912(11-12 cancelled). 105 leaves. 37-39 lines, double column. Written in brown ink in a South-German cursive bookhand, justification: 315 x 135 mm. Red Lombard initials, capital strokes, paragraph signs and underlines. (Ink stain to upper blank margins, small rust stains to last ca. 4 leaves.)
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