JOHANNES DE BROMYARD (fl. 1390). Summa praedicantium, [Basel: Johann Amerbach, not after 1484]. 2 volumes. 2° (365 x 251mm.). Volume one 364 leaves including ff.1, 37 & 364 blank, volume II 324 leaves including the initial and final blanks, 53 lines and headline, double column, gothic letter, fine large initials supplied in red, blue or red and blue at the beginning of each letter of the alphabet, other initials and paragraph marks in red or blue, rubricated in red, much of the manuscript quiring still visible. (Wormhole in the text in the last 24 leaves increasing in size towards the end, a few leaves lightly browned or stained) but on the whole A GOOD COPY in contemporary South German or Swiss blindstamped calf over wooden boards, sides composed of a large central compartment with 6 rolls (different for each vol.) composed of small tools of fleurons, rosettes, wyverns, eagles, etc., vol. one with a zigzag border made up of 'Jhesusmaria' stamps. (Rebacked, sides rather rubbed and with occasional slight damage). Provenance: Bibliotheca Academica Francofortiana (late 17th-century circular bookplate); University Library of Vratislavia (Breslau) (early 19th-century circular stamp on first leaf of each volume and with release stamp).
FIRST EDITION of John of Bromyard's alphabetical catalogue treating of every subject in ecclesiastical discipline. The author, a Dominican friar, was born in Herefordshire, educated at Oxford and subsequently lectured on theology at Cambridge where he became Chancellor of the University in 1383. He was a keen opponent of Wycliffe whom he denounced constantly in his preching and his writing. His date of death is unknown, but probably occurred at some time in the reign of Henry V. None of the stamps have been found in Kyriss. HC 3993*; BMC III, 747; Goff J-260. (2)