HOMILIARIUS DOCTORUM. Homiliarius doctorum a Paulo Diacono collectus. Speier: Peter Drach, 7 September 1482.
Chancery 2o (283 x 200 mm). Collation: a-z8 8 A-Z8 AA8 BB-CC6 (a1r blank, a1v prologue, a2r text, CC5r colophon and printer's woodcut device, C5v-C6 blank). 395 leaves (of 396, without the final blank.) 48 lines. Types: 1:130G (headings), 7:84G (text). Four- to seven-line initial spaces. Occasional headlines supplied by the rubricator. Rubricated with red and blue Lombard initials, capital strokes, paragraph signs and underlines. (Slight occasional browning.)
Binding: contemporary South-German blind-tooled pigskin over reverse-bevelled wooden boards (slight wear, large bookplate removed from pastedown): the outer frames formed by a roll of intersecting arches, a floral roll and a foliage roll, the central panels divided into an ogival saltire pattern, each compartment filled with a large floral tool, an Augsburg binding from the shop of Jörg Schapf (Kyriss 63); two clasps (one removed).
Provenance: scattered early annotations -- Menrad Molther (ca. 1505-1558): inscription dated 1540 on back pastedown. Molther, a native of Augsburg, was an important German historian, editor, and translator; among other works he was the author of Romanorum pontificum omnium vita et mores (Strassburg, ca. 1528) -- Heilbronn, city library: engraved bookplate on a1r -- George Dunn of Woolley Hall near Maidenhead: bookplate -- Albert Ehrman, Broxbourne Library: bookplates and markings.
Third edition of this collection of homilies by Saints Gregory the Great, Augustine, Jerome, Ambrose, Bede and others. The compiler, Paul the Deacon, a native of Lombardy and monk of Monte Cassino, was a member of the court of Charlemagne and one of the important cultural figures of the Carolingian Renaissance. He made this collection of texts drawn from the Fathers of the Church at the request of Charlemagne, who ordered its use in the Carolingian Empire in a capitulary issued between 786 and 800. The purpose of the work was to provide readings for the night office of the liturgy, but it also served as a manual of preaching for parish priests.
HC 8790*; BMC II, 492 (IB. 8534); BSB-Ink. H-324; CIBN H-182; Pr 2351; Goff H-316.