BONAVENTURA (Saint, ca. 1217-1274). Opuscula. Cologne: Johann Koelhoff, the Elder, 24 December 1486.
Chancery 2o (278 x 206 mm). Collation: a-c8 d-f6 g-k8 l-m6 n8 o-p10 q6 r-z8 A-E8 Ff6 fF8 ff6 F-H8 I6 K8 L6 M-O8 P-Q6 R-S8 T-U6 X8 (a1r table, a1v blank, a2r Breviloquium, h1r Centiloquium, o1r Itinerarium mentis in deum, p1r Parvum bonum, q1r De quinque festivitatibus infantie pueri Jesu, r1r Pharetra, Ff1r De paupertate Christi, F1r Lignum vite, G1r Apologia pauperum, O1r Soliloquium, R1r De regimine animi, U1r Sermones de decem preceptis, X8r colophon, X8v blank). 350 leaves (of 352, q1.6 supplied in contemporary manuscript, presumably at Wedderen). Fols. a3r-X8 with printed foliation iii-CCCxxxij (with errors). 45 lines and headline, double column. Types: 15:175bG (headlines, titles, incipits), 17:86G (text). Three- to five-line initial spaces, some with printed guide-letters. Unrubricated. (Slight uniform browning, last leaf partially detached, a few smudges, printing offset to A2r, paper flaw to fF7 affecting words in three lines.)
Binding: German blind-tooled leather over wooden boards, ca. 1535, by the monk "H.G." of the Charterhouse of Wedderen near Dlmen in Westphalia (minor losses to leather, rebacked with portion of spine laid down): triple fillets divide the sides into rectangular, square, triangular and rhomboid compartments, the front cover with impressions of ten different stamps: two heart-shaped stamps containing the initials H (Schwenke-Sammlung Schrift 27) and G (Schwenke-Sammlung Schrift 25), an eagle, a lion, four Evangelists' symbols (Schwenke-Sammlung Evangelisten-Symbole 56), a large acanthus ornament, and a stylized leafy tool; on the back cover five other stamps: a monogram of Maria (Schwenke-Sammlung Schrift 243), the monogram IHS (Schwenke-Sammlung Schrift 143), addorsed birds (Schwenke-Sammlung Vögel 33), an armorial shield with the instruments of the Passion (Schwenke-Sammlung Wappen 106), and a rosette; evidence of two clasps; formerly chained; without the pastedowns of leaves from a manuscript from which offset remains; modern cloth slipcase.
Provenance: Wedderen (near Dlmen, Westphalia), Carthusians: binding, inscription dated 1535 on a1r (Liber carthusiensium prope Dulmaniam Anno 1535) -- 17th-century shelf-mark "C83" on a1r -- Brooklyn Public Library: bookplate.
Johann Koelhoff the Elder, of Lbeck, may have learned printing from Wendelin of Speier, as his earliest type closely imitated a Venetian model. Settling in Cologne, Koelhoff became a wool merchant, as well as a printer, publisher and bookseller. His production consisted mostly of theological texts in Latin, and spanned the years 1472-1493. In 1484 or 1485 he completed and marketed a two-volume edition of the works of St. Bonaventure which had been begun by Bartholomaeus Unckel; in 1486 he published this one-volume edition of his own. The complete contents of the present edition, with the current attributions for works spuriously credited to Bonaventure, is given in CIBN.
Another Dlmen binding by H.G. was recorded by E.P. Goldschmidt, Gothic & Renaissance Bookbindings (London 1928), no. 165, on a book printed in 1536; still another, on an edition of Boethius printed in 1488, was in the Doheny collection (Doheny I, lot 31).
H 3464*; BMC III, 860 (IB. 3589); BSB-Ink. B-670; CIBN B-614; GW 4646; Voulliéme Köln 271; Goff B-925.