HUGO DE PRATO FLORIDO (ca. 1262-1322). Sermones dominicales super evangelia et epistolas. [Reutlingen: Michael Greyff, ca. 1478].
Royal 2o (399 x 201 mm). Collation: [16; 2-710.8 88 910 10-118 12-1310 14-158 1610 178 1810 19-208 2110 228 2310 246 2510 26-288 2910 308 3110] blank, 1/2r table; text, sermon 85,v blank). 270 leaves. 60 lines and headline, double column. Types: 2:120G (headings) and 1:93aG (text). One- to eight-line initial spaces. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, some flourished brown, red capital strokes, paragraph signs and underlines. Several grotesque faces sketched in initials or margins. (A few small wormholes catching several letters on each page, faint dampstain to upper margins.)
Binding: contemporary South-German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards (a few small wormholes, tiny loss to leather on back cover): the sides divided by triple fillets into a saltire pattern within a narrow frame, the intersections of the fillets marked with small six-petal rosettes, each compartment enclosing a small lozenge-shaped floral tool, the frame filled with repeated impressions of a Maria-banderole, the tools not in Kyriss or Schwenke-Sammlung; two brass clasps.
Provenance: extensive contemporary annotations, especially to front pastedown and leaf the latter including on an annotated, full-page manuscript diagram of two ladders, the scala humilitatis by which one ascends to heaven and the scala superbiae by which one descends to hell -- Buxheim, Charterhouse, the gift of Johannes Farer: contemporary inscription, (Liber Cartusiensium in Buchshaim prope Memmingen proveniens a confratre nostro domino Johanne Farer donato sacertote continens Sermones de tempore fratris Hugonis de Prato ordinis predicatorum. Oretur pro eo et pro quibus desideravit), armorial library stamp, 1/2r -- Graf von Ostein -- Graf von Waldbott-Bassenheim: sale, Carl Förster, Munich, 1883 -- unidentified German bookseller's description pasted inside front cover -- Søren Madsen: sale, Sotheby's London, 14 March 1996, lot 179 (to Quaritch, collation mark).
Third or fourth edition of this sermon collection, which was very popular in the later Middle Ages, and one of the earliest books produced by the prototypographer of Reutlingen. Michael Greyff, who probably learned printing in Strassburg, established his shop in Reutlingen ca. 1476 and printed there until the end of the fifteenth century. His first types, the ones used in this book, were closely related to types used in Strassburg. Greyff, who was probably a native of Reutlingen, was the father of Sebastian Gryphius, the celebrated Lyonese printer of the sixteenth century.
Although the British Museum acquired a copy of this edition in July 1867, the description of it was accidentally omitted from part II of BMC. The collations given by BSB-Ink. and Polain call for a final quire in nine leaves, but the present copy, like the Nakles copy (Christie's New York, 17 April 2000, lot 70), has a regular quire 31 of ten leaves, all printed.
H 8999*; BSB-Ink. H-413; Polain(B) 2020; Goff H-505.