BERNARDUS CLARAVALLENSIS (1090-1153). Sermones de tempore et de sanctis una cum homiliis et epistolis. Milan: Leonardus Pachel, 5 October 1495. Median 4° (210 x 155mm). Collation: \Kp\k4 a10 b-z8 \\i \\j \\g 8 A-C8 D4 (\Kp\k1r blank, \Kp\k1v title below full-page woodcut, \Kp\k2r table, \Kp\k4v editorial note, a1r text with small woodcut, D3v colophon, D4 blank). 242 leaves. Fo. a1r printed in red and black. 48 lines and headline, double column. Type: 7:120G, Haebler 8:95G, 11:68G. Full-page woodcut of St. Bernard, small woodcut of the Annunciation, 3 woodcut initials historiated with figure of a saint, woodcut white-on-black initials from several sets. (Occasional small stain.)
BERNARDUS CLARAVALLENSIS. Epistolae, and other tracts. Milan: Leonardus Pachel, 15 December 1495. Median 4° (210 x 153mm). Collation: \Kp\kA6 A-T8 U6 (\Kp\kA1-2r blank, \Kp\kA2v title, \Kp\kA3r table, A1r text, U6r register, colophon, U6v blank). 164 leaves. 47 lines, double column. Types: 7:120G, 11:68G. Large woodcut of St. Bernard as above, woodcut initials, a few initial spaces with guide-letter. (Repaired marginal tear in one leaf, light spotting in N1.8, 2.7 and U6.)
Together, 2 volumes, uniformly bound in early 20th-century plum morocco panelled in blind, spine lettered in gilt. Provenance: vol. I: Ottavio Contini (18th-century inscriptions, occasional marginal annotation); Harmsworth Trust (sale Sotheby's, 7 July 1947, lots 3112-3, £34 each to Foyle).
Second edition of the Sermones, adding homilies, reprinting a 1495 edition printed at Venice by Johannes Emericus de Spira. Apocryphal sermons are printed at the end and marked 'A' in the table. These two works, while issued separately, appear also to have been conceived as a pair. They are uniform in layout, and the Epistolae are mentioned on the title of the Sermones. Sermones: HC 2850; BMC VI, 781 (IA. 26679); BSB B-319; GW 3946; IGI 1561; Kristeller, Lombardishe Graphik, no.59; Sander 966; Goff B-441. Epistolae: HR 2873; BMC VI, 781 (IA. 26680); GW 3927; IGI 1525; Sander 953; Goff B-387.