([Augsburg: Johann Froschauer, not after 1498]). 204 x 140 mm. (8 x 5 1/2"). 3 p.l., CV  leaves (two index leaves bound after title page, rather than at the end). Single column, 31 lines plus headline in gothic type.
Once lovely and still appealing late 18th or early 19th century green morocco, gilt (a remboîtage), covers with delicate dentelle frame of vines, flowers, and palmettes, raised bands, spine compartments with central floral sprig, curling cornerpieces, gilt titling, turn-ins gilt-rolled, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Title page with woodcut of Christ holding an orb, opening of text with 11-line woodcut maiblumen initial "L." Title page with contemporary three-line ink inscription in Latin; occasional early marginalia. BMC II, 396; Goff L-103; ISTC il00103000. Spine uniformly darkened, one-inch crack to head of front joint, tiny chip to tail of same, joints and extremities somewhat rubbed, boards a bit stained and chafed, but the binding sound and still pleasing; occasional mild foxing, smudges, or light stains, but a clean, crisp copy with comfortable margins.
This "Bath of the Conscience" is filled with morally instructive stories intended to keep priests faithful to their vows and safe from worldly temptations, lest they suffer the "harshest punishments" of hell. Born in Gruitrode ca. 1400-10, Jacobus van Eertwach was a Carthusian monk who served as an abbot from 1440 until his death in 1475, during which time he produced numerous works of spiritual guidance for both clergy and laypersons. "Lavacrum" was first printed by Anton Sorg in 1489, and the present copy was issued by his fellow Augsburg printer, Johann Froschauer, best known for producing the first woodcut illustration of the natives of the New World in his 1505 edition of Vespucci's "Mundus Novus." This is a well-preserved 15th century imprint from an esteemed press, and offered at what is intended to be an attractive price. (ST15034)
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PJP Catalog: RBMS19.010