Ein loblicher passion nach dem text der vier ewangelisten.

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PML 41416
In der keÿserlichen stat Augspurg : von Anthonio sorg, am samstag nechst nach Othmari, da man zälet nach cristi geburt tausentvierhundertachtzig jar [18 November 1480].
[112] leaves : illustrated (woodcuts) ; 22 cm (4to)
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Gift of Hannah D. Rabinowtiz, 1950.

Title from caption, printed in red, leaf [1]/2r: Hienach volget ein löblicher Passion nach dem text der vier ewangelisten mit der auslegung der heÿligen lerer Bernhardi, Anselm, Augustini, Jeronimi, Ambrosii, un[d] and[er] vil andechtiger lerer die darüber geschribe[n] hebe[n].
Imprint from colophon, leaf [14]/6v: Getruckt und volendet ist diser löblich Passion, in der keÿserlichen stat Augspurg, von Anthonio sorg am samstag nechst nach Othmari, da man zälet nach cristi geburt tausentvierhundertachtzig jar.
Printed in Sorg's type 2:118G.
Collation: [1-14⁸]: 112 leaves, leaf [14]/8 blank, ±[14]/7,8. A variant collation, based on the quire structure of the Morgan copy: [1-13⁸ 14⁶ 15²], with quire [15] representing the replaced cancelled leaves (see Bühler, "Anton Sorg's German Passio Christi").
Paper format: Chancery quarto.
The work is a translation or compilation attributed to Henricus de Sancto Gallo: W. Schmidt, in Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie 57 (1932) pp. 233-243 (CIBN P-36).
Blind, bearer type visible on several leaves.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 21 x 15 cm.
PML copy with repetition of Resurrection woodcut in place of Three Mary's at the Tomb, leaf [13]/7v, uncolored, missing the pasted-on correct woodcut of the Three Mary's (glue stains visible), see Bühler.

15th-century blind-tooled calf over wooden boards (22 x 15 cm), sewn on 2 supports, probably bound in Augsburg, with tools similar to those assigned to Paulus Wolf of the Sechsblatt-Blüte workshop, also know as Uffenheim Hauptwerkstatt in Augsburg (EBDB w000959/Kyriss 78, active about 1473-1501); with repairs to top and bottom of spine. Plain paper pastedowns, the rear pastedown is printer's waste with a blind impression of the 3 Mary's at the Empty Tomb woodcut (Schramm, IV, 568). 1 clasp.
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Passio Christi


Hand decoration: Rubrication, red capital strokes; woodcuts with contemporary hand coloring in orange, dark red, red, green, yellow, and pink. Annotations: Contemporary marginal notations throughout, in at least 2 German hands, including titles to woodcuts and marginal keywords.

Sugismund Mösel, of Steinhöring (Bavaria), purchase inscription, 1481: "Ille libellus est comparatus per Sugismund mösel pl[e]banus in Stainhering [i.e. Steinhöring] anno [et]c. lxxxi°" (rear pastedown); "Pertinet ad P. Amandum Ruepp O.P.," then added in a different ink: "A. 1791" (leaf [1]/2r; see also PML 20593); Pierpont Morgan Library, gift of Hannah D. Rabinowitz (Mrs. Louis M. Rabinowitz; purchased from O. Ranschburg), Feb. 1950.