Collected Sermons of Johannes Brenz

    Johannes Brenz. Pericopae Evangeliorum, quae usitato more in præcipuis Festis legi solent...His Accesserunt et aliæ Homiliæ, ut: De Mortalitate. De Grandine. De Electione Senatus. De Officio Magistratus. De Generali Hominum vocatione. De Expeditione in Turcam, & de religione Turcarum, Homiliæ Duæ. Ad Orandum pro Pace Homiliæ. De Dedicatione Templi. Frankfurt: Apud Petrum Brubacchium, 1564. [Bound together with:] Johannes Brenz. Pericopæ Epistolarum, quæ singulis dominicis diebus hactenus in Ecclesia prælectæ fuerunt, brevissimis Conciunculis explicatæ...Item Explicationes quædam brevissime Epistolarum, quæ usitato more certis diebus Festis proponi solent. Frankfurt: Apud Petrum Brubacchium, 1564.

    Two works in one small octavo volume (5.9375 x 3.75 inches). 343, [8, index], [1, blank]; [2], 339-575, 578-770, 761-773, [3, blank] pages. Decorative woodcut initials.

    Contemporary blindstamped pigskin over bevelled wooden boards. Spine in four compartments with three raised bands. Lacking clasps. The binding is darkened and worn, with a small piece missing from the upper corner of the rear board. Front free endpaper detached. Tiny hole (paper flaw) in leaf m5 (pp. 185/186) in the first work, just touching the page numbers. Slight staining in gathering B (pp. 353-368) in the second work. Previous owner's ink stamp on front free endpaper. Early ink ownership inscription, dated 1570, and ink inscription at foot of first title. A few early ink markings, some additional later pencil markings and annotations.

    Collected sermons of Johannes Brenz (1499-1570), Lutheran preacher and reformer of Schwäbisch Hall, on the Gospels and Epistles for use on important holidays of the year, as well as other sermons, including his election day sermons, in which he "set aside the liturgical text on which he was supposed to preach [and] lectured his parishioners on what God expected of those who would rule" (Robert James Bast, Honor Your Fathers: Catechisms and the Emergence of a Patriarchal Ideology in Germany, 1400-1600, p. 109) and sermons on the Turkish War, in which he "dwelt at length on the sins that had caused God to express his anger by means of the Turkish menace and the need for his people to change their ways if this punishment was to be averted" (Keith Moxey, Peasants, Warriors, and Wives: Popular Imagery in the Reformation, p. 97).

    Köhler, Bibliographia Brentiana, 435 and 434.

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