Egregium opus subtilitate et devoto exercicio precellens parvoru[m] opusculoru[m] seraphici / sancti Bonaventure.

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PML 63245, 18405
Bonaventure, Saint, Cardinal, approximately 1217-1274.
Strasbourg : [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner)], 1495 and 18 December 1495.
[26] CCCLV [1] and [20] CCCXLIX [1] leaves : illus. (woodcuts) ; 31 cm (fol.)
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Volume I Purchased on the L.C. Harper C-1 Fund, 1972.

Collation: Vol. I: [1]⁸ 2-4⁶ a-b⁸ c-f⁶·⁸ g⁶ n-z A-M⁶·⁸ N-Q⁶ R⁸ S⁶ T⁸ U⁶ X⁸ Y⁶ Z⁸ AA-EE⁶·⁸: 380 leaves, leaf EE8 blank, with mistakes in printed foliation. -- Vol. II: A⁸ B-C⁶ aa-qq⁸·⁶ rr-tt⁶ vv-zz AA-PP⁸·⁶ QQ-SS⁶ TT⁸ UU⁶ XX⁸ YY⁶ ZZ⁸ Aaa-Eee⁶: 370 leaves, leaf Eee 6 blank, with mistakes in printed foliation.
Imprint from colophon (Vol. I, EE7v): "Finiu[n]t tractat[us] q[uem]plurimi sancti Bonaventure de volumine p[ri]me partis. Impressi Argentine. Anno domini. M.cccc.xcv."
In two parts, dated: I) 1495; II) 18 Dec. 1495.
On authorship and textual ascriptions, see Bod-inc.
Paper format: Chancery folio
PML copy leaf dimensions: 28-29 x 19.8-20.6 cm
PML copy missing 32 leaves: vol. II, leaves hh5-mm1, Eee1, and Eee6 (blank).
PML copy, Vol. II (PML 18405) with forged inscription of Martin Luther by Hermann Kyrileis, see Max Hermann, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (Berlin, 1905) and departmental file.
Printed in types 1:160G, 4:80G mixed with 5:80G of the eponymous Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg, now identified as Georg Husner.

Vol. I: Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin stained dark over beveled wooden boards (30.7 x 21.5 cm), sewn on 3 supports, bound in Nuremberg by the Augustiner workshop (Augustinerkloster 1. Gruppe, EBDB w000089/Kyriss 19), active 1467-1510. Two clasps. Plain paper pastedowns (manuscript waste under the front pastedown); corner and central stamped copper furniture, pierced with leaves in relief. Manuscript shelf mark label "49" on spine. Later gilt-stamped cartouche under central boss on top board and blind-stamped initials "BLA" at bottom of top board. Evidence of chain attachment on rear board. -- Vol. II: Contemporary blind-tooled calf (?) over wooden boards (29 x 21 cm), sewn on 3 supports, bound by the Bogenfries-Rolle II workshop in Augsburg (EBDB w002142/Kyriss 83); repaired. Plain pastedowns; plain endbands (stuck-on).

Vol. I: Hand decoration: Rubricated, red lombards (with sweeping, calligraphic extensions) and paraph marks. Vol. II: Hand decoration: Rubricated, red lombards, paraph marks, underlining, and capital strokes. Annotations: Manuscript folio numbers added to Tabula (leaves A2v-3r), fifteenth century. A few contemporary marginal notes. Forged inscription by Martin Luther (rear pastedown), see notes in departmental file on authenticity of inscription.

Vol. I: Nuremberg, Stadtbibliotek (Bibliotheca Publica), round woodcut library label, "Bib. Nor." (leaf [1]/1r) and deaccession label (rear pastedown); "BLA" blind-stamp (bottom of top board); unidentified label, rectangular (5.1 x 3 cm) with scalloped edge and double blue frame, with shelf mark G114; Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased from A.L. van Gendt & Co. (Amsterdam), 1972. -- Vol. II: Dürnstein, Austria, Augusitinian Canons, inscription "Iste liber est Cano[nicorum] Regularu[m] mon[aster]ij b[ea]te v[ir]ginis in Tiernstam," 15th century (leaves A1r, A2r, and qq7v); Sotheby's, 2 June 1908, lot 546 (vol. II only), for £10; Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased from J. Pearson & Co., 1908.