The Very Rare First Printing of a Book Notable for its Bibliographical Usefulness

POSTILLAE DE TEMPORE ET SERMONES.

(Strassburg: [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner)], 1483). 340 x 230 mm. (13 1/2 x 9"). Part I: [233] (of 234) leaves (lacking final blank); Part II: [183] (of 184) leaves (lacking final blank). Double column, 53 lines plus headline in gothic type. FIRST EDITION.

Early 20th century calf covering 15th century wooden boards (a few nail heads from early hardware detectable under the leather), raised bands, two brass clasps with leather straps, newer endpapers. Rubricated in red, one 15-line and one 10-line hand-painted blue and white maiblumen initials with elaborate red penwork, numerous four- to five-line initials in red or blue, some with additional decoration. With several 15th and 16th century ink owner inscriptions (one a complex monogram) to title and a2; a1 also with notes in red pencil; occasional contemporary ink marginalia. Goff J-477; BMC I, 131; ISTC ij00477000. Spine evenly sunned, but the binding unworn. Three leaves (a1, BB1 and 2) with repairs to gutter margin and tipped in (text unaffected), half a dozen leaves with repairs to a fore-edge corner, a handful of leaves with faint dampstain, a dozen or so short worm trails (a couple affecting a line of text), other trivial imperfections, otherwise extremely fine internally--very clean, fresh, and bright.

This is the first appearance of the collection of sermons by an influential Medieval preacher that was for many years used to identify the workshop of the printer now accepted to be Georg Husner. Jordanus of Quedlinburg in Saxony (ca. 1300-80) was an Augustinian hermit who had studied at the order's seminaries at Bologna and Paris, graduating with the degree of "lector" and going on to teach at Erfurt and Magdeburg. His sermons and writings on spirituality were popular in the Middle Ages. The homilies here are organized for use on feast days and Sundays in winter (part I) and summer (part II). Known to have been a goldsmith who married a citizen's daughter in Strassburg in 1470, Husner signed just four of his books: one in 1473, two in 1476 and one in 1498. For reasons that have never been fully understood, books--like the present item--that are easily recognized as coming from his workshop do not contain his (or any other) name in their colophons. BMC notes, "there was enough anonymous printing done at Strassburg to keep several presses busy, and if Husner only signed three books at the beginning and one at the end of his career, he may, during a long period, have been active as a printer without signing any at all." There is an important grouping of Husner books that are very similar typographically, and the present title being the first of these led Proctor to designate these volumes as the work of the "Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner)." Our first edition is very rarely seen for sale.
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POSTILLAE DE TEMPORE ET SERMONES. JORDANUS DE QUEDLINBURG.
POSTILLAE DE TEMPORE ET SERMONES.
POSTILLAE DE TEMPORE ET SERMONES.
POSTILLAE DE TEMPORE ET SERMONES.
POSTILLAE DE TEMPORE ET SERMONES.
POSTILLAE DE TEMPORE ET SERMONES.
POSTILLAE DE TEMPORE ET SERMONES.
POSTILLAE DE TEMPORE ET SERMONES.

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