17 April 2000
GERSON, Johannes (1363-1429). De sollicitudine ecclesiasticorum. [Cologne: Ulrich Zel, ca. 1470-1472].
Chancery 4o in half-sheets (215 x 142 mm). Collation: [1-38] (1/1r table, 1/2r text, 3/7v colophon, 3/8 blank). 24 leaves. 27 lines. Type: 1:96(106)G. Two- and three-line initial spaces. Unrubricated. (Dust soiling to extreme upper margins and first and last pages, occasional smudges.) 19th-century paper boards (without portions of the spine covering, front inside joint splitting); folding cloth case.
Provenance: a few contemporary marginalia -- New-York Historical Society; sale, Sotheby's New York, 29 January 1995, lot 46.
FIRST EDITION, the only incunable edition. GW assigns the date ca. 1470, BSB-Ink. ca. 1472. The treatise, by a notable reformer and spiritual writer, concerns the obligations of clergy who accept benefactions in return for saying prayers for the benefactors.
HC 7668*; BMC I, 190 (IA. 2919-2920); BSB-Ink. G-172; GW 10831; Voulliéme Köln 485; Pr 874; Goff G-271.
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