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Main work from the 15th-century "prince of preachers", copy from the Furstenberg collection

Sermones de laudibus sanctorum.
[Reutlingen, Michael Greyff, not after 1492]. 4to. Contemporary half pigskin, blind-tooled initials on the front board, with white pigskin restorations on the upper and lower third of the spine, gold-tooled parchment label on the spine, remnants of a central clasp, manuscript waste pastedowns. [230] ll.
€ 5,000
A popular collection of sermons by the celebrated Franciscan bishop Roberto Caracciolo (ca. 1425-1495), also known as Robertus Caracciolus, one of the most famous Italian preachers of his time. Many of his sermon collections were published. The earlier ones contain just 50 sermons, whereas this first Reutlingen edition has 71.
The sermons follow after the table of contents. Each of them is divided into an introduction and three chapters. Sermones de laudibus sanctorum is one of Caracciolo's main works. Although this Reutlingen edition is undated, the copy from the National Library in Prague contains a buyer's note dated 1492, so it must have been published in that year at the latest. The work had a significant impact on the practice of preaching in Europe from the 1480s onwards and the printed editions ensured that Caracciolo's popularity and influence continued after his death.
This particular copy was part of the Furstenberg library. With an owner's inscription of the Franciscan monastery Villingen (near Freiburg) on the title page ("Bibliotheca Ff. Min. S. Francisci. Convt. Villinga."). With waste from a 14th (?) century paper manuscript used as pastedown, containing a fragment of Sermones de tempore by John Halgren of Abbeville (ca. 1180-1273). The spine is slightly cracked around the middle sewing support (raised band), slight staining on the title-page, small water stains in the lower and outer margins of most leaves, a few leaves slightly browned. Otherwise in good condition. Goff C-151; GW 6060; Hain-Copinger 4476; IDL 1135; ISTC ic00151000; Proctor 2746.
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