(Ulm: Conrad Dinckmut, 1486). 275 x 190 mm. (11 x 7 1/2"). Complete.  leaves, including first blank. Double column, 37 lines, gothic type.
Contemporary Austrian blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards by Art Wien Jagdrollen-Meister (Viennese Hunting Roll Master, EBDB w002500), covers with diapered central panel of quatrefoil tools (EBDB m001929) enclosed by frames of quatrefoils alternating with finials (EBDB m002224), a wattle roll (EBDB r001315), and a hunting roll (EBDB r001013); raised bands, spine panels with palmette stamps, pastedowns from a printed legal text, hinges reinforced with strips cut from a 14th-century Hebrew Talmud, vellum quire guards, (lacking bosses and straps, old repairs to head and tail panels). Capitals struck with red, numerous three- to six-line initials in written in red. Recto of first blank with contemporary Latin inscription in red and brown ink, and 1775 ink ownership inscription of logic professor R. P. Gold; verso of first blank and blank verso of final leaf with extensive (17th century?) annotations; recto of a2 inscribed "Collegii societatis Jesu Burghusii 1646"; occasional marginalia in several early hands. Goff G-681; BMC II, 535; ISTC ig00681000. For the binding: Haebler II, 247, 2; EBDB workshop w002500; EBDB rolls r001013 and r001315; EBDB stamps m001929 and m002224. Binding a bit soiled and with a number of tiny wormholes, four patches of worm damage causing minor loss to head and tail of joints and adjacent area on front board, pastedowns, a flyleaf, and one text leaf at front and back with stains (and a couple small holes) from rusted hardware, four leaves with light dampstains covering a third of the page (significant without being severe), other trivial imperfections, but still quite an appealing copy, clean and very fresh internally, in a sturdy binding with considerable antique appeal.
This Ulm edition of the popular reference guide for preachers comes in a contemporary binding by the Viennese Hunting Roll Master workshop, active in Vienna from 1490-1516. The "hunting roll" depicting a fleeing stag that gave the workshop its name is prominently featured here, along with three other tools found on their bindings. First printed in 1472, the text's "Postilla" provided useful interpretations of those excerpts from the New Testament specified for the Gospel and Epistle readings used in Mass on Sundays and holy days throughout the Church year, and was widely consulted by clergy preparing sermons. The author explains in his preface that he has culled his material from many churchmen, including Augustine, Ambrose, Gregory I, Jerome, the Venerable Bede, and Hugo de Prato Florido. Much the least well known of this group, Hugo was a Dominican who died in 1322, and whose "Sermones Dominicales super Evangelia et Epistolas" was published in about 1480 by Greyff. Long attributed to 15th century French Dominican friar William of Paris, the present book is now believed to be the work of the great Dominican preacher Johannes Heroldt (d. 1486), described by the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages as "one of the foremost figures of the new Dominican spirituality of 15th century Germany, combining pastoral aims with mystical spirituality." The fourth printer in Ulm, Conrad Dinckmut issued his first book in 1482, and was active until 1498, when financial troubles forced him to sell and leave the city. The neat underlinings, marginalia, and annotations in our copy were likely done by the Jesuits of Burghausen, Bavaria, whose inscription on the first page is dated 1646. (ST18221)
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PJP Catalog: 81.073