17 June 2003
JACOBUS DE VORAGINE (ca 1229-1298). Sermones de tempore et de sanctis et Quadragesimales et Mariale. Part II (of 4). Venice: Simon de Luere for Lazarus de Soardis, 20th October 1497.
Chancery 4o (191 x 145 mm). Collation: A6; B-X8 Y4. 170 leaves. 52 lines and head-line, double column. Gothic types 1:120 (head-lines), 4:59 (text). Capital spaces with printed guide-letters. Woodcut portrait of a bishop lecturing on title. (Some very pale mostly marginal dampstaining, some tiny marginal wormtracks.) 18th-century limp vellum (later endpapers). Provenance: Antonius di Punicaro? (inscription [effaced] on title); Estelle Doheny (morocco bookplate; purchased from Dawson's Bookshop, Los Angeles, 1 August 1941); donated to SMS 1941.
According to Walsh, "The four parts of this collection are not always found together and were probably available separately." Simon de Luere was partner to Bernardinus De Choris from 1489-91. He reappeared on 5 July 1497 as printer to Lazarus de Soardis with an edition of Terrance's Comoediae. For the rest of that year he continued to work for the latter using types which appear to have been de Soardis's own property. His most prolific partnership, with Andreas Torresanus, began with an edition of Albertus Magnus's Summa de quattuor coaequaeuis et de homine on 19 December 1498. BMC V, 574 (IA.24645); BSB-Ink. I-113; C 6525; Essling 1129; Harvard/Walsh 2723-2725; Pr 5619 (IV); Sander 7733; Goff J-202.
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