De fide et legib[us].

Accession number: 
PML 78509
William, of Auvergne, Bishop of Paris, 1180-1249.
[Augsburg] : [Günther Zainer], [not after 1476]
[140] leaves ; 29 cm. (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased on the L.C. Harper Fund, 1985.

Title and author from incipit (leaf [1]/2r): Incipit p[ro]logus libri Reverendi In [chris]o patris et d[omi]ni: d[omi]ni Wilhelmi Ep[iscop]i lugdunensis eximiiq[ue] sacre pagine doctoris parisiensis: de fide et legib[us].
Colophon (leaf [14]/3r): Liber Wilhelmi parisiensis de fide legib[us] ac fidei sacramentis tractans, docensq[ue] qualiter ad bene religiose perfecteq[ue] vivendum continuis etiam semper agendum profectib[us. Unde ad latissimamq[ue] potissime pars est glorie ac felicitatis eterne, plenitudinem spretis ydolorum cultibus pervenit[ur], ubiq[ue] deorum deus in syon videbit[ur], feliciter consummatu[us] explicit. Pro cui[us] termino sit laus [et] gloria [Christ]o in secula seculorum benedicto. Amen.
Printed in Zainer's types 2:118G and 4:95R.
Listed in Zainer's advertisement of 1476. Copies at Memmingen and Stuttgart LB have manuscript dates of 1477. Polain dates about 1469.
Collation: [1-14¹⁰]: 140 leaves, leaf [1]/1 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio
Bearer type visible on lower half of leaf [14]/10r.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 27.7 x 20.3 cm.

20th-century quarter brown goatskin over wooden boards (29 x 21 cm.), sewn on 3 supports. Plain paper pastedowns; plain endbands. 2 pins on fore edge of top board, clasps missing.
Variant Title: 

De fide et legibus


Hand decoration: Rubricated, red lombards, paragraph marks, marginal alphabetic divisions, headline flourishes, capital strokes, and underlining by Frater Nicolaus, 1478 (leaves [14]/3r and [14]/10r); he also added scroll decoration around incipit/explicit. Annotations: Few marginal notations, 16th century. Roman numeral manuscript quires numbers on verso of last leaf of each quire, v-xviii (i.e. this work was once bound after another work of 4 quires). 20th-century bookseller's pencil notations (front endleaf 1 recto).

Unidentified ink stamp (Furstenberg?): 3.4 cm. round with double outer edge (inside front board); Hans Fürstenberg (i.e. Jean Furstenberg, 1890-1982), booklabel (inside front board); Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased from William Wyer, Nov. 1985.