BIEL, Gabriel (ca. 1418-1495). Epitoma expositionis sacri canonis missae. Edited by Wendelin Steinbach. With additions by Heinrich Bebel. Tbingen: [Johan Otmar for Friedrich Meynberger, between 20 February and 29 November 1499].
Chancery 4o (200 x 140 mm). Collation: A-I8 K6 (A1r title, A1v verses by Bebel, dated Tbingen 1499, inc.: Vos qui sacrorum ritus et mystica christi, A2r letter from Steinbach addressed to Meynberger, dated Tbingen, 20 February 1499, A4v verses by Bebel addressed to Steinbach, inc.: Qui modo conaris multo prodesse labore, A5r verse epitaph for Biel, inc.: Quem modo laudarent itali vel grecia alumnum, A5v prologue, A6r blank, A6v text, K5r colophon, K5v errata, K6v blank). 78 leaves. 37 lines and headline. Shoulder notes printed in margins. Types: 7:170(152)G (first line of title, headlines, incipits of chapters, text of Canon), 13:80G (title, text of commentary), woodcut capital T with a snake on C1r, C1v. Title on A1r printed in red. Three-line initial spaces. Unrubricated. (Paper flaw to D8v, A1.8 and K1.6 strengthened at inner margin, old mends to A1r, K5v, K6r, a few small wormholes to first four leaves touching four letters of title.) Modern vellum.
Provenance: Buxheim, Carthusians: fifteenth-century inscription on A1r, listing seven works previously bound with this one; armorial library inkstamp on A2r -- Graf Konrad Reuttner von Weyl: sale, Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 31 October 1985, lot 155.
FIRST EDITION of the epitome of Gabriel Biel's explication of the Canon of the Mass. A leading exponent of nominalism, Biel was a professor of theology at Tbingen from 1484 and was rector of the university in 1484 and 1489.
HC (+Add) 3181*; C 1050; BMC III, 702 (IA. 14821); BSB-Ink. B-506; Harvard/Walsh 1096; Pr 3233; Goff B-654.