Augusta, David de. De exterioris et interioris hominis compositione Lib. II-III (De profectu religiosorum).

Paris, [André Bocard, ca. 1494-1496].

Chancery octavo (100 x 144 mm). 124 ff. Opening initial in blue and red, woodcut device on final page touched with red and gold, rubricated throughout in yellow. Modern half vellum with hand-lettered title to spine.


Rare and early edition of a popular guide to religious conduct for young novices and friars, long ascribed to St. Bonaventure, though the authorship of the Franciscan monk David of Augsburg (d. 1272), also active in Regensburg, is today universally accepted. Written in the 1240s, it was instrumental to the spread of Franciscan religious ideas through Europe. ISTC lists eight copies, including the destroyed copy at Leuven University; no copies in Britain or the USA. No copies of this edition in auction records.

Gently washed; a short repaired tear in first leaf. A fine specimen.

Reichling III, 4880 (not Copinger). GW 8166. Pellechet 2639. CIBN D-53. Richard 188. Polain (B) 794. IBE 2022. Hubay (Ottobeuren) 139. ISTC id00102470. Not in Goff.

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