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    Saint Bonaventura on Virtue and Vice

    [Saint Bonaventura, pseudonym]. [Guillaume de Lavicea or Lanicea et al]. Dieta salutis a beato Bonaventura ultimate emendatum ac noviter parisius impressum. Cologne: Cornelis de Zierikzee, 1500-1505. [Bound with]: Sermo[n]es Quattuor novisimorum perutiles et nec[ess]arii.... Paris: Jean Petit, 1504, 17 April. Two works in one small octavo volume. a-t8. ¹8, A-P8. cxvi, [36]. [6], [121] pages. Dieta: large Petit device on title-page. Sermones: woodcut device of Jesus and praying figures surrounded by borders on title-page; two full-page woodcuts (repeated) of King David praying to Jesus surrounded by saints and angels facing first leaf of text and on verso of last leaf. Contemporary full English [?] blindstamped calf over oak boards in panels with tudor rose in center and floral and thistle stamps. Brass hardware present with lettering but lacks clasps. Spine banded. Spine cracked at head of front hinge, remnants of older paper labels on spine. Contemporary annotations on four blank endsheets, small wormtrack on last three leaves (minor damage). Overall, very good copies.
    Sermones: Goff B947 (Huntington only). Hain 3525*. VD16 B6579. Voull(K) p. 126. Schr 3523a. Buffévent 115. Pad-Ink 146. Pr 1514. BMC(German) p. 141. BSB-Ink B-693. GW IV Sp. 479a. ISTC ib00947000. Index Aurel. 121,717. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Bonaventura, Saint, pseudo. [Guillaume de Lavicea or Lanicea] et al. Dieta salutis a beato Bonaventura ultimate emendatum ac noviter parisius impressum. [Bound with]: Sermo[n]es Quattuor novisimorum perutiles et nec[ess]arii... Cologne: Cornelis de Zierikzee, 1500-1505. Paris: Jean Petit, 1504, 17 April. 8vo. 2 works in 1 vol. a-t8. ¹8,A-P8. cxvi,[36]. [6],[121]p. Contemp. English? blind stamped calf over oak boards in panels with tudor rose in center and floral & thistle stamps; brass hardware present with lettering but lacks clasps; spine banded cracked at head of front hinge; remnants of older paper labels; contemp. annotations on 4 blank endsheets; small wormtrack on last three leaves (minor), very good copies. Dieta: large Petit device on t.p. Sermones: woodcut device of Jesus and praying figures surrounded by borders on t.p.; 2 full-page woodcuts (repeated) of King David praying to Jesus surrounded by saints and angels facing first leaf of text and on verso of last leaf.

    Guilielmus de Lavicea Franciscan (d.1310) is the actual author of the Dieta Salutis a popular and influential treatise on virtues and vices. The work "contains a great number of comparisons [such as a lustful man is like a stupid merchant who gives a precious thing for a contemptible price... or to a crow, to a foolish warrior, to a horse, and to a ship]. it is one of the most prominent features of the work. Although the number of extended comparisons or analogies that Guillaume 'de Lavicea' uses is perhaps rather exceptional, the technique was well established..." [The preaching of the friars: sermons diffused from Paris before 1300 By D. L. D'Avray, 1985.]

    The Pseudo-Bonaventura, or Pseudo-Bonaventure is the name given to the authors of a number of medieval devotional works which were believed at the time to be the work of Saint Bonaventure: "It would almost seem as if 'Bonaventura' came to be regarded as a convenient label for a certain type of text, rather than an assertion of authorship". Since it is clear a number of actual authors are involved, the term "Pseudo-Bonaventuran" is often used.

    The Sermones quattuor are divided into the four final stages of life: death, judgment, heaven, and hell. They are attributed to St. Bonaventura but are not by him. Dieta: Unrecorded edition. Not found in Index Aurel., Renouard/Moreau, OCLC; or online databases.

    Sermones: Goff B947 (Huntington only). Hain 3525*. VD16 B6579. Voull(K) p. 126. Schr 3523a. Buffévent 115. Pad-Ink 146. Pr 1514. BMC(German) p. 141. BSB-Ink B-693. GW IV Sp. 479a. ISTC ib00947000. Index Aurel. 121,717.



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