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BERNARDUS CLARAEVALLENSIS

Sermones de tempore et de sanctis [Dutch].

Zwolle, P. van Os, 27 May 1495

Folio: [4]-CCLXXIIII (= 273)-[1] ff., 40 ll. (some occ. min. soiling, 1st leaf with large woodcut in facsimile, ff. 187-188 (K3-K4) lacking, sm. hole in 199 with loss of a few letters).

Cont. 15th-c. monastic binding: blindstamped calf over wood, blindst. orn. spine on 4 raised bands, covers with blindst. floral decoration within blindruled rectangular and lozenge-shaped framework and with lozenge-shaped flower stamps, metal clasps and catches (joints rep. and split, head & tail rep.). Very good wide-margined copy.

Second Dutch-language edition (1st 1484-85) and the first extensively illustrated edition in any language. The excellent woodcuts (3 full-page, 7 half-page, 13 smaller ones incl. twice printer's arms) include 3 full-page ones "Virgin appearing to St. Bernard", "Annunciation", "Salvator Mundi", which belong to "the best Dutch woodcuts of the period" (Hind). Most of the smaller woodcuts, incl. a series after Israel van Meckenem, were used earlier by Gerard Leeu. A loose ms. note in the book states that, according to Prosper Verheyden, this 15th-c. binding could be attributed to "Stoutmerk. d'Anvers". Decoration: Rubricated throughout in red, with some 120 initials in red (2-6 lines), three 4-5 line initials in blue and one 6-line initial in blue with red penwork extending along inner margin between 2 columns (a1). Text in 2 cols, in gothic type. Ref. ISTC ib00435000. - GW 3948. - Goff B-435. - Polain 606. - BMC IX:88. - CIBN B-269. - BSB-Ink B-318. - ILC 391. - IDL 762. - Hermans, Zwolse boeken ZD 107. Prov. Mod. arm. bookpl. Jos. Nève. - 2 sm. ms. corrections on verso 221 and 226.

€ 6.000 / 8.000

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