BONAVENTURA, Saint (1221-1274). Opuscula. - Octavianus de MARTINIS. Oratio in vitam et merita S. Bonaventurae. - Johannes Franciscus de PAVINIS. Canonizationis b. Bonaventurae relatio. - Robertus CARACCIOLUS. Sermo de laudibus S. Bonaventurae. - Pope SIXTUS IV. Bulla canonizationis b. Bonaventurae (Suprema caelestis patria). Strassburg: [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner?)], I: 1495, II: 18 December 1495.
2 volumes, chancery 2o (288 x 200 mm). Collation: [vol. I] 8 2-46; a8 b-g8.6 h6 i-z A-N8.6 O-Q6 R-Z AA-CC8.6 DD6 EE8; [vol. II] A8 B-C6; aa8 bb-rr8.6 ss-tt8 vv-zz AA-QQ8.6 RR-SS6 TT-ZZ Aaa8.6 Bbb-Eee6 ([vol. I]: 1/1r title, 1/1v Lignum vitae woodcut, 1/2r table; a1r text, EE7v colophon, EE8 blank; [vol. II]: A1r title, A1v Lignum vitae woodcut, A2r prologue and table, C6v blank; aa1r text, Bbb6v Lignum vitae woodcut, Ddd1r De sex aliis cherubin woodcut, Eee5v colophon, Eee6 blank). I: 380 leaves; II: 369 leaves (of 370, without the final blank). I: a1-EE7 with printed foliation I-CCCLV; II: aa1-Eee5 with printed foliation I-CCCXLIX. 52 lines and headline, double column. Types: 1:160G (title, headlines, etc.), 4:80G mixed with 5:80G (text). One- to nine-line initial spaces, with printed guide letters. Rubricated with red Lombard initials and paragraph signs, capitals filled with yellow. (I:1/1 supplied from a later edition with variant title, intermittent browning, dampstains to extreme blank margins, old tear and mend without loss of text to I:X2, inkstain to II:kk7v-8r, old tear without loss of text to II:KK1, several small wormholes to beginning and end of each volume.) 18th-century French mottled calf over 15th-century wooden boards, preserving many deckle edges; vellum endleaves, one cut from a 14th-century document (somewhat worn, some worming, spine of vol. II cracked).
Provenance: Colombier-le-Cardinal (near Vienne-en-Dauphiné), Celestines: 15th-century inscriptions at begining and end of each volume -- scattered early marginalia -- Robert Edward Way: modern wood-engraved bookplate in vol. II.
St. Bonaventure, a Franciscan and one of the most important theologians of the thirteenth century, was also an influential spiritual writer in the tradition of St. Augustine. Like all important medieval writers, his reputation attracted the spurious attribution to his corpus of works by other authors. His Opuscula, a collection of works attributed to him, together with documents relating to his life and canonization, were published in seven different incunable editions, beginning in Cologne in 1484. The complete contents of the present edition, with current attributions for the pseudonymous texts, are identified in CIBN.
H 3468*; BMC I, 144 (IB. 1963); BSB-Ink. B-673; CIBN B-616; GW 4648; Harvard/Walsh 258; Pr 639; Goff B-928. (2)