Glossed incunable leaf, 1498. Corinthians II.

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St. Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians II

Glossed incunable leaf, 1498, with coloured initials added by hand.

Nicolas De Lyra (c.1270-1340) was a French doctor of theology and teacher at the Sorbonne in Paris.   His commentary on the Bible, Postilla litteralis, was the definitive biblical commentary from the late Middle Ages until the Reformation.

Martin Luther is claimed to have stated “Without Lyra we would understand neither the old or new testament.”

Verso:   Text in Latin printed in four sizes of a rounded gothic type on laid paper.   Three coloured initials added by hand after the printing.  Chapter and gloss headings marked in red.  Capital letters touched in yellow.  One manicule (pointing hand) and catchwords in the bottom margin. The text from Corinthians II is the central block of text and is surrounded by the gloss (commentary) of Nicolas de Lyra and others.

Recto: As Verso with two manicules and catchwords.

Printer: Johann Froben and Johann Petry, Basel.

Date:  December 1, 1498.

Content:  The text on Recto is the end of Chapter 7  and the beginning of Chapter 8 with the red initial ’N’:

Notam autem facimus vobis fratres gratiam Dei quae data est in ecclesiis MacedoniaeQuod in multo experimento tribulationis abundantia gaudii ipsorum et altissima paupertas eorum abundavit in divitias simplicitatis eorum.

(Now we make known unto you, brethren, the grace of God that hath been given in the churches of Macedonia.  That in much experience of tribulation, they have had abundance of joy and their very deep poverty hath abounded unto the riches of their simplicity.)

Condition:  The leaf is in fine condition, unblemished and expertly printed with bright hand initials.

Size:  Leaf: 290x210 mm.  Postage: Australia, $25. Overseas: ask for quote.

References: Goff B-609, Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, 4284.  ISTC No.ib00609000

Item No: PSA160

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