Johannes de Verdena. Sermones dormi secure de tempore et de sanctis.

Strasbourg, Johann Reinhard Grüninger], 4 Dec. and 3 Aug. 1500.

4to. 134, 195 unnumbered ff. (without final blank). Gothic type, 2 cols., 40 lines. With repeated 'accipies' title woodcut (one coloured). Contemp. wooden boards with wide blindstamped calf spine and ms. spine label; monogrammed "IAV" and "VAL" on front cover. One central brass clasp.


This famous compilation of Sunday and holiday sermons by various authors (also known under the title "Sermones dominicales cum expositionibus evangeliorum") enjoyed nearly 90 editions within hardly a century. It was assembled by a Westfalian Franciscan monk who lived around 1300. He collected these sermons "for the profit of slothful and ignorant preachers" (cf. Jöcher, supp. II, 2306).

Spine professionally restored using original material; two missing clasps replaced by a single, central one (probably in the 17th century). Interior slightly browned and fingerstained; some worming. Contemp. ms. dedication at end of pt. 1. Old title stamp shaved; restored paper defects to title and final leaf (slight loss to text on verso of final leaf). Quire Y in pt. 2 has been erroneously bound after quire u in pt. 1.

An appealing copy.

Hain 15966. Goff J-469. Polain 3513. Proctor 494 & 496. BMC I, 115. Schreiber/H., Accipies 54. Stillwell J-420.

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