17 April 2000
HENRICUS DE GORICHEN (d. 1431). De praedestinatione et reprobatione divina. -De simonia. - JOHANNES DE MECHLINIA (d. 1475). Determinatio quodlibetica. -Determinatio utrum Dei opera posset impediri daemonis malitia. - JACOBUS DE CLUSA (1381-1466). De valore et utilitate missarum pro defunctis. [Esslingen: Conrad Fyner], 1474.
Chancery 2o (282 x 205 mm). Collation: [18 2-310] (1/1r De praedestinatione, 2/1v De simonia, 2/7v Determinatio quotlibetica, 3/1v table, 3/2r De valore et utilitate missarum, 3/8v Utrum perfecta dei opera possint impediri demonis malicia). 26 leaves. 38 lines. Type: 1:96G. Five- to seven-line initial spaces. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes, paragraph signs and underlines. (A few minor smudges.) 19th-century German quarter leather, marbled sides (hinges splitting, losses to head and tail of spine).
Provenance: Georg Kloss: bookplate -- Nathan Comfort Starr: bookplate.
FIRST EDITION of all five texts. The first two authors were celebrated schoolmen at Cologne University. That their works were published in Esslingen may have been due to the fact that an Esslingen man, Ulrich Kridwiss, was professor of theology at Cologne from 1470 and rector of the university in 1482/3. The Carthusian Jacobus de Clusa was an influential theological writer of the fifteenth century. Ulrich Fyner, who probably learned printing from Heinrich Eggestein in Strassburg, was active in Esslingen ca. 1472-1477. This book is indisputably one of his productions there, but a group of humanistic texts traditionally ascribed to him and printed in a slightly different type has been reassigned to Strassburg.
HC 7805*; BMC II, 513 (IB. 8917); BSB-Ink. H-63; CIBN H-15; GW 12218; Pr 2460; Goff H-22.
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