GRITSCH, Conradus (not after 1409-before 20 October 1475). Quadragesimale. Strassburg: [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner?)], 31 December 1490.
Chancery 2o (279 x 195 mm). Collation: a-b8; c8 d-z A-D8.6 E-M6 (a1r caption title, a1v blank, a2r alphabetical table; c1r text, K1r chronological table, M5r colophon, M5v-M6 blank). 240 leaves. 52 lines and headline, double column. Types: 1:160G (title and headlines), 5:80G (text). Two- to seven-line intial spaces, with printed guide letters. Rubricated with two large red and blue divided Lombard initals, small red Lombards, red capital strokes and paragraph signs. (Blank areas of first and last leaves torn away and pieced out with modern paper, blank corner of q6 torn away, printing flaw to c2 from creased paper, faint dampstains to blank margins, slight soiling to extreme lower margin, occasional light browning.)
Binding: contemporary leather over beech boards (rebacked, minor losses to back cover): blind-stamped with a large number of tools including a Nuremberg-style ogival diaper in the central panel of each cover, large and small "IHS" monograms, large and small Catherine wheels, a crowned eagle in a shield, a lion and unicorn crowned, a tool resembling a zodiacal symbol and a variety of floral tools, title stamped on front cover, a Polish binding (cf. E.P. Goldschmidt, Gothic and Renaissance Bookbindings, no. 61, bound at Cracow, 1510); evidence of two clasps; without the original manuscript pastedowns from which some offset remains.
Provenance: scattered early marginalia -- early manuscript note inside front cover -- Tyniec (Poland), Benedictines: 17th century inscriptions on a1r, a2r -- Tarnów (Poland), Seminary Library: inkstamp on a1r -- Cracow (Poland), Diocesan Seminary Library: modern inkstamps on l1r, A2r.
This collection of sermons for Lent is commonly identified in early printed editions as the work of Johannes Gritsch, a canon of Basel. Since 1940, however, it has been attributed to Johannes' brother, Conradus Gritsch, a Franciscan who studied in Paris and Vienna and served various churches in Switzerland. First printed in ca. 1474, the Quadragesimale was published at least 25 incunable editions.
H 8075*; BMC I, 141 (IB. 2042); BSB-Ink. G-406; GW 11556; Pr 659; Goff G-504.