AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius (354-430). De arte praedicandi (De doctrina christiana, liber 4). Edited by Stephan Hoest (c.1430-1472). Mainz: Johann Fust [and Peter Schoeffer, not after 1466].
Chancery 2° (285 x 211mm). Collation: [110 212] (1/1r editor's preface, 1/2v blank, 1/3r text, 2/7v tabula, 2/11r blank, 2/11v summary of principles, 2/12r printer's device, 2/12v blank). 22 leaves. 40 lines, reference letters keyed to the index printed in margin. 2-line incipit on 1/1r and printer's device at end printed in red. Type: 3:91G, 5:118G. First setting of fo. 17, line 9 as in GW. 6-line initial opening text illuminated by a South German artist, in blue with white modelling on a pink and mauve chequered ground with fictive frame and with foliate extension and gold balls, green foliate stave in upper margin with gold balls, 2-line initials, paragraph marks and capital strokes in red. Many pinholes preserved. (Some very light spotting.) 18th-century German marbled sheep, sides ruled in blue, gilt spine, patterned edges (spine worn). Provenance: a few contemporary annotations -- 'D. Britij Ciliensis' (inscription at end) -- [Seitenstetten monastery] -- Victor von Klemperer (1876-1942, bookplate, sale Sotheby's, 27-28 June 1991, lot 582) -- Amsterdam, Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (bookplate, J.R. Ritman sale, 6 December 2001, lot 4).
Brunus Aretinus, Leonardus (1369-1444). Epistolarum liber. [Germany: second half 15th century]. MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER, chancery 2°. Collation: [1-512], 60 leaves (55/11-12 blank). 39-43 lines, ruled in lead.
Second edition, augmented with a 2-leaf table summarising precepts of preaching. It is reprinted from Mentelin's first edition, printed not after 1466, substituting the names of Fust and Mainz for Mentelin and Strassburg in the editor's preface. Fust died at Paris in 1466 (probably on 30th October), before which this Mainz edition was presumably printed. Its type is Durandus type 2 in its first state; a second state was introduced in March 1467.
De arte praedicandi contains Augustine's instructions and advice on preaching. It forms book IV of his De doctrina christiana, but also circulated widely on its own. H *1957; BMC I, 21 (IB. 88); GW 2872; De Ricci Mayence 87; Goff A-1227.