([Basel: Johann Amerbach not after 1490]; Cologne: Heinrich Quentel, 1505; [Basel: Johann Amerbach and Johann Petri, not after 1490]). 150 x 100 mm. (5 7/8 x 4"). Bertholdus:  leaves (lacking final blank); single column, 30 lines in gothic type. Bernardus:  leaves; single column, 26 lines in roman type. Gerardus:  leaves; single column, 29 lines in gothic type. Three separately published works in one volume. Only Separate Edition of "Speculum Divini Amoris."
Pleasing early 16th century pigskin, upper cover with lighter rectangle (where label once was) and beneath this an etched circle containing a six-petalled flower, raised bands, ink titling and shelf marking to head and tail spine panels, original brass fore-edge clasp, top and bottom edges with faded red and yellow designs. Bertholdus and Gerardus rubricated in red, Gerardus with three-line initials in red, Bertholdus WITH 36 WOODCUTS BY THE "MEISTER DES HAINTZ NARR,"ATTRACTIVELY COLORED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND. First title page with ink inscription of the Carthusian monastery in Gaming, Austria; A5r with faint ink stamp in tail margin. Bertholdus: BMC III, 753; Goff B-506; for the woodcuts: BSB-Ink B-398. Bernardus: VD16 B 1963; USTC 694246. Gerardus: BMC III, 752; Goff G-177. Pigskin lightly soiled and with around a score of tiny wormholes to boards, rear pastedown and free endpaper with two-inch patch of worming, a couple of small ink stains to head margin, otherwise A CHOICE COPY, notably clean, fresh, and bright internally with ample margins, the coloring clear and vivid, and the unsophisticated binding quite sound.
Housed in a near-contemporary binding and in remarkably fine condition throughout, this theological sammelband consists of one early 16th century and two incunabular works, one of the latter containing numerous woodcuts by a known engraver, pleasingly colored by a contemporary hand. Our engraver, the "Master of the Haintz Fool," so-named for his memorable illustrations in Sebastian Brant's "Das Narrenschiff" ["Ship of Fools"] (1494), was active in Basel around 1490 and contributed to several publications of this period (including, notably, the 1494 Basel edition of Christopher Columbus' "Epistola de insulis nuper inventis"). The woodcuts in our copy of Berthodus' "Horologium Devotionis" are attributed to his hand by the Bavarian State Library (BSB). The Horologium was a popular devotional work containing prayers for every hour of the day, each celebrating a moment from the life of Christ--in this case, with accompanying illustrations, from the Annunciation to the Last Judgment. Though most of the woodcuts here are only about 70 mm. tall, the specificity of location and number of figures packed into each scene is impressive. The coloring, no doubt by a contemporary hand, is vivid, favoring bright greens, golds, pinks, and oranges, with occasional splashes of blue and purple. This first Basel edition of the Horologium (the ISTC notes four earlier printings in Paris, Cologne, Augsburg, and Nuremberg) was printed by Johann Amerbach (1430-1513) who, according to Pollard, issued his first work from a Basel establishment in 1478, and in his career printed about 100 incunabula, all in Latin and mostly works on theology or Bibles. He was the first printer in his city to use roman type. He also used several fonts that are nearly identical to those of Anton Koberger of Nuremberg, for whom he likely worked at some point in his career. Amerbach also printed the other incunable in this Sammelband, "De Spiritualibus Ascensionibus" by Gerard Zerbolt of Zütphen, a man described by Post (in "The Modern Devotion") as "the most fertile and the most successful writer the Brothers [of the Common Life] ever produced." The final work here, "Speculum Divini Amoris" by Bernard of Clairvaux is the only post-incunable in this sammelband, and the only separate edition of this work found by OCLC and KVK. It is also quite rare: USTC finds 10 copies worldwide, with only one in North America. As a whole, these three works are an absolute delight to handle and in as fine condition as one can hope to find, being clean, fresh, and entirely unsophisticated, safe within the carefully preserved period binding. (ST15083)
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