11 - 13 July 2000
Homeliarius super Evangeliis de Tempore et de Sanctis. Basel: Jacobus Wolff de Pfortzheim, for Wolfgang Lachner, 1505.
2 parts in one volume, 2° (297 x 214mm). Collation: a-z6 aa-cc6 dd-ee8 A-L6 M10, M10 blank. Full-page tri-partite woodcut on title of both parts. Gothic type. 65 lines and headline, double column, shoulder notes, initial spaces with guide-letter. (Small hole in first title, neat tear into text in second leaf, some dampstaining, mostly marginal.) Contemporary paper-lined vellum wallet-style binding, single brass catch, title written at various dates on spine (some darkening and cracking), modern brown morocco-backed solander box. Provenance: contemporary marginal annotations and various prayers; 19th-century ink stamp deleted on title.
A well-preserved example of an early 16th-century wallet-style binding. In an address to the reader Johannes Ulrich Surgant (c.1450-1503) states that he discovered the manuscript, from which the printed edition was set (first by Kesler, also at Basel, in 1493), in a Basel library. The compilation contains homilies by the church fathers, as well as other great Christian figures. The full-page title woodcut also appeared in the first edition. VD-16 P-1050.
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