SUMMA RUDIUM.

(Reutlingen: Johann Otmar, 1487). 280 x 205 mm. (11 x 8"). [71] leaves (lacking final blank; quire "i" bound before quire "h").

Early 20th century brown marbled paper boards. Housed in (slightly worn) marbled paper slipcase. Attractively rubricated in red, numerous two- and three-line initials in red. Title with early ink ownership inscription: "Ad Bibliothecam Windbergensis Monasterii"; occasional neat contemporary marginalia. Goff S-861 (variant of); not in BMC; ISTC is00860800. Extremities a bit rubbed, boards a little chafed, but the binding solid. Title page somewhat soiled, with a couple of short wormtrails (these also affecting margins of next few leaves to a lesser extent), c3 with a two-inch clean tear into fore edge of tail margin, well away from text, two leaves lightly browned, isolated trivial marginal stains or thumbing, but an excellent copy, internally clean and fresh with ample margins.

This is the rarest of three closely related editions of this compendium of ecclesiastical doctrines published by Otmar in the same year. BSB-Ink records our printing as a variant to Goff S-861. It has printing on sheet 9 (b1), which Hain 15172 lists as blank. The text is a manual of theology and pastoral practice, divided into 40 short chapters. It is a rudimentary version of the "Summa Confessorum" intended for priests who were not particularly well educated. Our copy was once in the library of Windberg Abbey in Lower Bavaria, a Premonstratensian monastery founded in the 12th century. ISTC finds just six copies of this edition in libraries, none in North America or the UK, while ABPC and RBH list only five copies of any edition at auction in the past 45 years.
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