PETRUS DE PALUDE (pseudo-). Sermones thesauri novi de tempore. Strassburg: [Printer of the 1483 'Vitas Patrum'], 1484.
Chancery 2o (298 x 211 mm). Collation: a8 b6 (a1r title, a1v blank, a2r table, b6v blank); c-i8 k6 l-z8 A-C8 D6 E-P8 Q6 R-X8 Y6 (c1r text, Y5v colophon, Y6 blank). 350 leaves. 49 lines and headline, double column. Types: 180AG (headlines and headings), 2:90G (text). One 12-line and numerous 3- and 4-line initial spaces with printed guide letters. Rubricated: opening initial in red with penwork infill and ground incorporating humorous face, Lombard initials, a few flourished, paragraph marks and capital strokes in red. (Worming to last 100 leaves, more severe at end, hole to a4 affecting a few words, occasional marginal dampstaining, marginal repair to l2, a few marginal tears, the bull's-head watermark in title-leaf traced over in red ink, bifolia P1.8 and P2.7 reversed in binding.) Contemporary alum-tawed pigskin over wooden boards, sides simply decorated with double fillet border and central panel divided into four compartments by two intersecting triple fillets, evidence of corner- and centerpiece bosses, two fore-edge clasps and title label, later manuscript label on spine (lacking bosses, label and one clasp, rebacked retaining original backstrip), a few deckle edges preserved.
Provenance: signed by the rubricator "A G" following colophon -- a few early marginalia -- C. ?Trotz (18th or 19th-century inscription) -- Frankfurt, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek (inkstamp on front pastedown).
Known as the Thesaurus novus in the numerous fifteenth-century editions, this popular collection of sermons became attributed in the sixteenth century to the fourteenth-century French Dominican Petrus de Palude. Twenty-four editions printed from 1483 to 1487 have been attributed to the still unidentified Strassburg press known as the "Printer of the 1483 Vitas Patrum". Slight differences in the text type used in about 14 of these, including the present edition and several others of the Sermones de sanctis and de tempore, have led to their possible attribution to a "Printer of the 1484 Paludanus" (cf. Scholderer, Fifty Essays, pp. 51-52).
HCR 5411; Polain(B) 2965; Pr 421; Goff P-520.