GERSON, Johannes (1363-1429). Opera. Edited by Peter Schott and Johann Geiler von Kaysersberg. Strassburg: Martin Flach, I: 13 December 1494; II: 13 December 1494; III: 11 August 1494.
3 volumes, chancery 2o (283 x 190 mm). Collation: [vol. I] A8 B-E8.6 F-G8; a-b6 c-k184.108.40.206 l8 m-t6.8 v-z8.6 aa-bb8 cc6 dd-gg8; [vol. II] A8 B-Z8.6 aA-fF8.6 gG-hH8 iI6 kK-nN8; [vol. III] aa-hh8.6 ii-rr8.8.6 ss8 tt6 vv-zz Aa-Ee8.8.6 Ff8 Gg-Hh6 Ii8 Kk6 Ll8 Mm6 Nn-Oo8 Pp6 Qq8 Rr6 Ss-Tt8 Vv6 Xx-Zz8 AA-DD6.8 ([vol. I] A1r title, A1v woodcut, A2r table, G7v-G8 blank; a1r title, a1v woodcut, a2r preface, a5r De laude scriptorum, c1r Monotesseron, g7v colophon, g8 blank; [vol. II] A1r title, A1v woodcut, A2r table, A2v Epitaphium magistri Johannis de Gerson, A3r Regule morales, nN7v colophon, nN8 blank; [vol. III] aa1r title, aa1v woodcut, aa2r table, aa2v De consolatione theologie, DD7v colophon, DD8 blank). I: 217 leaves (of 218, without the final blank); II: 257 leaves (of 258, without the final blank); III: 359 leaves (of 360, without the final blank). 53 lines and headline, double column. Types: 1:175(160)G (titles, headlines, etc.), 5:80G (text), 4:71(80)G (glosses). Three- to seven-line initial spaces, with printed guide-letters. Index letters printed in margins. One line of woodcut music on III:Gg2v. One full-page woodcut (Schreiber 4104) repeated four times, the cut in vol. III fully colored in shades of brown, green and red. Rubricator's title on I:a2r, red Lombard initials, a few with red pen-flourishing, red capital strokes, paragraph signs and underlines. (Some browning and staining, title leaves strengthened at inner margins and with mends to blank areas.) Modern morocco spines over new bare oak boards, by Philip Dusel of Berkeley, California.
Provenance: erased modern inkstamp to title leaf of each volume.
Fifth edition, reprinted from Nicolaus Kesler's 1489 Basel edition. Johannes Gerson, chancellor of the University of Paris, was one of the most influential theologians of the fifteenth century. He worked to resolve the Great Schism and played an important role at the Council of Constance, where he influenced the decisions concerning the fate of the Hussites. His extenisve writings on ecclesiology, reform, pastoral care and mysticism were very popular during the later Middle Ages and were frequently printed during the second half of the fifteenth century, both as individual treatises and in collected editions. In addition to the five incunable editions of works attributed to Gerson, an additional five were published during the first quarter of the sixteenth century. The woodcut which accompanies each volume of Flach's edition was first printed in Johann Prss's 1488 Strassburg edition of Gerson's works and was copied by Kesler in his 1489 Basel edition.
HC 7625*; BMC I, 152 (IB. 2178); BSB-Ink. G-186; GW 10717; Pr 698; Schreiber 4104; Goff G-189. (3)