PETRUS LOMBARDUS (c.1100-1160) Sententiarum libri IV. Commentary by St.Bonaventura (c.1217-1274); edited by J.Beckenhub. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, [after 2 March, 1491].
4 volumes, super chancery 2° (306 x 215mm). Collation: Volume I: a8 b-z6 x x aa-ee6 ff10 gg6 (a1r blank, a1v dedicatory letter from Johann Beckenhub to Nicolaus Tinctoris, a2r letter from Nicolaus Tinctoris to Beckenhub, a3r text, gg1r Ordo questionum, gg6v blank); Volume II: Aa8 Bb-Zz6 Aaa-Ttt6 U6 (Aa1 blank, Aa2r text, U1r Ordo questionum, U6 blank); Volume III: A8 B-Z6 Aa-Ll6 Mm8 Nn4 (A1 blank, A2r text, Mm8v Ordo questionum, Nn4v blank); Volume IV: a-b8 c-s6 T-V8 X6 (a1 blank, a2r text, X1 Ordo questionum, X6v blank). 204; 260; 218; and 272 leaves. 64 lines (commentary) and headline, commentary in double column, printed marginalia. Types: 9:165G (headlines, headings), 14:130G (table headings), 18:83G (text of Lombardus), 12:64G (text of St. Bonaventura commentary). 19- to 21- line initial in interlocking blue and red at the start of each volume (vol.II blue only), 1- to 3-line initials, paragraph marks and underlining in red. (Some marginal dampstaining, a few pages browned, occasional marginal tears.) Contemporary blindstamped calf over wooden boards, with stamps listed in Schwenke-Sammlung Adler 422, Blattwerk 11, Greif 23 and Rautengerank 135, assigned by Schunke 'zu Ulm', brass corner- and centrepieces (several missing), 2 fore-edge catchplates, evidence of chaining staple at the top of back covers, German vellum manuscript spine liner (some wear at spines with loss of leather at head and tail, without clasps). Provenance: Opava (Czech Republic), Reformed Franciscans (Conuentus Oppauiensis Fratrum minorum S. Francisci Reformatorum apud S.Barbarum, manuscript note on the first or second leaf of each volume) -- Estelle Doheny (sale Christie's New York, 22 October 1987, lot 54).
FIRST EDITION of the Sentences by Petrus Lombardus with commentary by Bonaventure. Petrus, an Italian theologian, was made Bishop of Paris in 1159, the year before he died. This work consists of theological questions posed by Lombard, divided into 4 books: the first book considers God and the doctrine of the Trinity; the second concerns the Creation; the third deals with Christ and the Christian religion; and the fourth comprises questions on religious and moral duties. There is an additional volume of tables, probably published later, compiled by the editor, Johann Beckenhub. Beckenhub originated from Mainz, studied in Heidelberg and worked as an editor in Strassburg, Nuremberg and Bamberg amongst other places. In the preliminaries to the Sentences Beckenhub has included correspondence between himself and Nicolaus Tinctoris, a theologian from Bamberg, in which he names Anton Koberger as printer; Koberger did not print a colophon in this edition. HC 3450; BMC II, 433 (IB. 7406); Pellechet 2714; Polain (B) 795; Goff P-486. (4)