17 April 2000
EPHREM SYRUS (Saint, ca. 306-373). Sermones: De compunctione cordis. -De iudicio dei et resurrectione. -De beatitudine anime. -De penitentia. -De luctamine spiritali. -De die iudicii. [Freiburg im Breisgau: Kilianus Piscator (Fischer), not after 1491].
Chancery 2o (308 x 210 mm). Collation: A6 B4 C10 (A1r title, A1v blank, A2r text, C9r colophon, C9v-C10 blank). 19 leaves (of 20, without the final blank). 52 lines and headline, double column. Types: 1:180G (headlines and headings), 164G (title), 2:83G (text). Two- to four-line initial spaces, with printed guide-letters. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes, paragraph signs and underlines. (A few minor smudges.) Modern paper boards.
FIRST EDITION of several of these sermons, others having appeared earlier in Italy. The translation is an anonymous old Latin rendering of a Greek version of an original Syrian text of the fourth century. This edition of Ephrem and Guillermus Parisiensis' Rhetorica divina, with which it is often found bound (cf. lot 86), were the first two books printed by the prototypographer of Freiburg. Fischer, who settled in Freiburg in 1492, removed his business to neighboring Basel in the mid 1490s. Only one other printer, Friedrich Riedrer, worked at Freiburg during the incunable period. The present edition is dated from the rubricator's date in the Tbingen University Library copy.
A VERY LARGE END FRESH COPY. HC 6597* (=6598); BMC III, 693 (IB. 14201a); GW 9334; Pr 7711; Goff E-44.
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