23 April 2001
JOHANNES CHRYSOSTOMUS (345?-407, Saint). Sermo super psalmum L: Miserere mei Deus. [Cologne: Ulrich Zel, ca. 1466-1467].
Chancery 4o (211 x 142 mm). Collation: [1-38 46] text, 4/5v explicit, 4/6 blank). 30 leaves. 27 lines. Type: 1:96G (leaded to 104). Two 4-line initial spaces. Two-line incipit opening text, initials, capital strokes, and underlining in red (rubrication on first leaf slightly oxidized). Two pinholes each visible in upper and lower margins. Early 19th-century blue morocco panelled in gilt, flat spine gilt (very slightly scuffed at extremities).
Provenance: contemporary manuscript additions on final blank verso -- Joseph Lilly, bookseller: pencilled note dated Sept. 29th, 1853 -- Alexander, Lord Peckover of Wisbech (1830-1919): bookplate -- [Christie's London, 28 June 1995, lot 181, to Quaritch]
FIRST EDITION of the sermon in its entirety, closely following Zel's 1466 edition of the first part only. The edition was previously dated to ca. 1468, but BSB-Ink has recently moved the date back to ca. 1466-1467. The manuscript additions written by a contemporary hand at the end are distichs by Johannes Gallinarius, Valentin Celido and Philipp Fürstenberg in praise of Cicero's Laelius, sive De amicitia, which first appeared in a Heidelberg edition of Laelius printed by Heinrich Seligman about 1500 (Freiburg/Sack 1001).
HC 5031*; BSB-Ink I-358; CIBN J-192; Goff J-298.
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