HUGO DE PRATO FLORIDO (ca. 1262-1322). Sermones dominicales super evangelia et epistolae. [Strassburg: Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner?), not after 1482].
Chancery 2o (297 x 207 mm). Collation: [110; 210 3-98 106 11-168 176 18-238 246 25-268 276 28-298 306 31-348 356 36-388 396 40-438.6 44-468 476 488(1+1)] (1/1 blank, 1/2r table; 2/1r text, 48/8r colophon, 48/8v blank). 368 leaves (of 369, without the first blank). 43 lines and headline, double column. Types: 1:160G (headlines and chapter incipits), 2:99aG (text), with psalter capitals in the table. Two- to six-line initial spaces. Small miniature of a Carmelite friar praying to St. Vitus in the initial space to the prologue (2/1r); foliate initial in shades of green on a pink ground with liquid gold tracery and foliate marginal extensions to sermon 1 (2/1r); rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes, paragraph signs and underlines. Blind bearer type visible at head and foot of blank outer column on last leaf. (Two tiny wormholes to blank margins of first ca. 70 leaves.)
Binding: Contemporary German leather over wooden boards, blind-stamped with an armorial tool containing a lion rampant, a square tool with a standing lion, two sizes of fleur-de-lys in lozenge-shaped tools, a heart pierced by an arrow within a lozenge, a tiny rosette and a large lozenze-shaped tool containing foliate ornament, the tools not in Kyriss or Schwenke-Sammlung; two clasps with white leather thongs and brass catches and catchplates (rebacked and repaired with modern brown morocco).
Provenance: Vitus Wolfframi (d. 1508), Carmelite of Neustadt an der Saale, later prior of the Carmelites of Wrzburg, who was also the rubricator: purchase inscription in red ink dated 1483 on 48/8r (Frater Vitus Wolfframi de novaciuitate sub salczpurctz ordinis fratrum gloriosissime dei genitricis Marie de monte Carmeli comparavit hunc librum suo de patrimonio dei ob honorem, suum studium, ast aliorum omnium eo uti volentium Anno domini 1483. Sancte Vite duc nos ad gaudia vite. Amen); his neat manuscript annotations and corrections throughout; his manuscript invocation to St. Vitus on 5/2r -- a few early marginalia in another hand -- Bamberg, Carmelites: 17th-century inscription, 1/2r.
The period of activity of the printer known as the "Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg", 1481-1492 (with a few additional books printed between 1496 and 1502), fits largely between that of the two presses of Georg Husner, datable to 1473-1481, and 1495-1505. Ernst Voulliéme argued at length in 1915 that Husner was the owner of the press named from its edition of Jordanus (Zentralblatt fr Bibliothekswesen, 1915, pp. 309-321), an identification that has been generally accepted in the literature. Victor Scholderer, however, while noting that Husner probably had a role in the press, pointed out various inconsistences which argue against its sole identification with him (Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 46, 1952, pp. 179-185; reprinted in Fifty Essays).
The present edition is dated from an inscription in the Wrzburg copy. Vitus Wolfframi, who purchased and rubricated this copy, was the scribe of a manuscript of prayers which, like this book, was preserved by the Carmelites of Bamberg (cf. S. Krämer, Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, vol. 1, p. 71).
HC 9003*; BMC I, 130 (IB. 1938); BSB-Ink. H-416; CIBN H-308; Pr 633A; Goff H-509.