Year/Century: 15th century
Subject: Religion, Bibles
Description: Aurelius Augustinus.
Johannes Chrysostom, De laudibus beati Pauli homiliae; in sacras Pauli epistolas new et hactenus absondita interpretatio: per Venerable Bedam ex innumeris illius codicibus mira industria sumoque labore collecta. Gaufredus Boussardus contributed additions.
(Exegesis of St. Paul's sacred epistolaries) Paris, Ulrich Gering u. Bertholdt Rembolt; November 28, 1499 First edition, totaling fourteen leaves and three hundred and thirty-five numbered leaves.
two columns of text. lines 68–69. Gothic Fonts.
Folio, 10 by 14 inches, with many initials and a woodcut printer's device on the title. Wooden binding with a broad blind-embossed leather spine that has been restored; there are wood cracks, worn corners, and no clasps. By the earliest printer in Paris and France, who dates back to 1470 and served as the Sorbonne University's printer. Due to its meticulous editorial and typographical attention, the print shop—which was co-owned by Berthold Remboldt starting in 1494—became a forerunner in the field of black art. Notable features include the numerous figurative and floral initials, wood and metal carvings, and more than 150 stamps. Goff, according to Polain, believes that Geoffroy Boussard's foreword's attribution to the Venerable Bede is incorrect. Rather, the compilation most likely dates back to Drepanius Florus (c. 800-860), according to Goff (ibid.). - Of particular beauty is the so-called "Paulus-Initial" with the letter "P," which was made especially for this print. With a book on the pulpit inside the curving "P" and a throng of worshippers around him, the Holy Apostle is depicted in the starry night sky.
The figure of an oriental in a wide coat, cape, and turban appears in the bottom right gusset, listening "from afar"—a symbol for the Pauli mission to the heathens in Asia Minor, which has been with us for two generations, or 47 years—and which, at the time of printing, had fallen to the Ottoman Empire following the fall of Constantinople.
- The title page has an ownership entry that has been crossed out at the top, an ancient repair at the bottom that preserves the text, and stronger wormholes at the beginning and end of the book that are only faintly wormed inside the block.
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