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One of the Great 15th-Century Sermon Books
[Guillermus Parisiensis.] [Medieval Theology.] [Postilla Super Epistolas et Evangelia][printed title:] Postilla Guillermi sup Epistolas et evangelia… [Basel: Michael Furter, n.d., c. 1497 - 1506]
Octavo. 7 ¾”.
A8-L8, M4 (Folio XCII, explicit of lessons on the Gospels, [M.iiii.recto]; Aa8-Gg8; [Hh5](Folio LXI verso explicit of lessons on the Epistles)(Hh.ii. mis-signed Hh.iii., folio LVIII); with: [Bernhardus (Claraevallensis)] Passio domini nostri Jesu christi [includes:] Tractatus beati Bernhardi de planctu gloriosissime Marie virginis [Basel: Furter, c. 1501]. A8-B8 (A.ii. is mis-signed Aa.ii)The Postilla lacks blank Hh6, textually complete.
Woodcut on title-page of Baby Jesus and the attributes of the Four Evangelists with full-page crucifixion on verso (repeated as title illustration to second part, the lessons on the Epistles and third part, the Passion).
Over fifty smaller woodcuts of scenes from the life of Christ.
A very early printing of a hugely popular set of lessons on the Gospels and the Epistles, composed in the early 13th Century, and compiled in this anthology format in manuscript in the early 15th Century and first printed in the late 15th and early 16th Centuries in many editions.
Contemporary German blindtooled pigskin over wooden boards, worn, wormed, and with some repair. Remains of clasp. Pastedowns from a German incunable with woodcuts. Hinges reinforced. No free endpapers. An exactly appropriate binding for this book: just the way one would want it. Very clean internally and well-margined. Minor inoffensive worming. Some early manuscript notes, especially to blank verso of final leaf and pastedowns.
The integration of the main text and surrounding commentary, and text and images, is exceptionally well executed: an elegantly designed book.
“This compilation of the Postilla was written down in 1437 expressly for members of the clergy and for those desirous of understanding the excerpts from the Epsitles and the Evangelists, more commonly called lessons, which are read at appropriate services throughout the church year. It obviously filled a most pressing need” Goff, The Postilla of Guillermus Parisiensis, Gutenberg Jahrbuch, 1959.
This edition has long been thought to be an incunabular printing of the text (c. 1497 per Goff), but has been recently assigned to 1506 by ISTC (Incunabula Short Title Catalogue)
Copinger 2857; Goff, Third Census, G-664; ISTC ig00664000; Schramm XXII p.45 (no.73); Goff (P)30; GW X col. 504 (citations provided by researchers at SMU [Daniel Slive and Eric White]). Apparently a reprint of GW 12015, ISTC ig00663500 as collation of the Guillermus Parisiensis texts is identical and new edition adds the Pseudo-Bernardus Claravallensis.
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Item # P1506
Appraisal Value: $30,000
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