BONAVENTURA (pseudo-). Sermones mediocres de tempore. -Sermones quattuor de eucharistia et de passione domini. Strassburg: [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner)], 12 March 1496.
Chancery 4o (196 x 140 mm). Collation: s8; a8 b-y8.8.4 a8 A-C8 (r title, v blank, r table, v-8v blank; a1r Sermones mediocres, A6r De septem causis institutionis eucharistie, A8v De passione domini, C6r colophon, C6v-8v blank). 188 leaves, a1-C6 foliated 1-178 in roman numerals. 35 lines and headline, double columns. Types: 1:160G (title, head-lines, first lines of sermons), 5:80G(text). Five-, four- and three-line initial spaces, with printed guide-letters. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes, paragraph signs and underlines. (A few minor smudges.)
Binding: contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards by Kyriss shop 35, Weissenau Prämonstratenser: the covers framed with quadruple fillets flanking a roll of scrolling foliage (Kyriss 5), the central panel divided by triple fillets into four triangular compartments, each compartment with one impression of an eagle from a set of evangelist symbols (Schwenke-Sammlung Evangelisten-Symbole 39) and several impressions of a cross-hatched quatrefoil (Schwenke-Sammlung Viereck 34=Kyriss 3); one clasp, red leather index tabs, spine linings cut from a small-format vellum manuscript missal or breviary (minor wear).
Provenance: occasional contemporary marginalia, some in the hand of the rubricator -- HILPRAND BRANDENBURG (d. 1514): his hand-colored woodcut bookplate, contemporary Buxheim inscription recording his donation (Liber Cartusiensium in Buchhaim [sic] prope Memmingen proveniens a confratre nostro domino Hilprando Brandenburg de Bibraco, donato sacerdote, continens Sermones Bonaventure de tempore mediocres, etiam de Eucharistia et Christi passione. Oretur pro eo et pro quibus desideravit) -- Buxheim, Charterhouse: contents note, donation inscription, armorial library stamp, shelfmark M.96 stencilled in red ink on spine label -- Graf von Ostein -- Graf von Waldbott-Bassenheim: sale, Carl Förster, Munich, 1883 -- Eric Sexton (1902-1980): bookplates; sale, Christie's New York, 8 April 1981, lot 170 (to Lathrop Harper).
First and only incunable edition of these sermons attributed to St. Bonaventure.
RARE. ISTC records only three copies in North America. HC (+ Add) 3523*; BMC I, 145 (IA. 2069); BSB-Ink. B-601; GW 4801; Goff B-942.