JOHANNES FRIBURGENSIS (ca 1250-1314). Summa confessorum, German: Das Buch genannt Summa Johannis. Translated from Latin and adapted by Bertholdus, O.P. (d. 1350). Augsburg: Johann Bämler, 25 September 1472.
Chancery 2o (307 x 210 mm). Collation: [114 2-410 58 6-1510 168 1710+1 18-2610 278 286]. 278 leaves. 28-29 lines. Type: 1:145(140)G. Spaces for initials, a few with printed guide letters. Illuminated initial "U" on 2/1r, Lombard initials and paragraph marks supplied in red. (First gathering sprung, some dampstaining at ends, some occasional worming catching a few letters.) Contemporary German blind-stamped pigskin (worn).
FIRST EDITION. The Summa confessorum, a synthesis of canon law by Johann Rumsik, prior of the Benedictines at Freiburg, is considered a "high point of the genre" (Lexikon der Theologie und Kirche). This was the third book printed at Bämler's press, and the second dated.
The edition contains numerous unrecorded variant settings. Hain stated that he had seen copies which differed "on almost every page" from that described in his main entry, and other copies which seemed to contain a mixture of the variants he had observed. Schramm mistakenly distinguished two issues, one without a woodcut, and a "later printing" containing a woodcut, a red-printed woodcut border on 21r, and "corrected text." The variant states appear indiscriminately mixed: the present copy, for example does not contain the woodcut or printed border, nor does it contain woodcut initials found in some copies. Copies differ in the make-up of the quires: the collation of this copy differs from those given by BMC, Walsh and BSB-Ink., none of which is identical. Neither the British Library nor Harvard copies have the additional inserted leaf in quire 17, present here and in the BSB copies. The Harvard copy is described as having quires 18-24 in alternately 12 and 8 leaves rather than in 10 leaves. All other published collations show a final quire of 4 leaves, which in the present copy contains 6 leaves, the last blank. H 7367*; BMC II, 331 (IB. 5643); BSB-Ink. I-566; CIBN J-213; Harvard/Walsh 536; Schramm III, pp. 1 and 25; Schreiber 4348; Goff J-317.