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    Johannes Nider. Tractat[us] utilis de septem peccatis mortalibus. Paris: Denis Roce, [before 1510?] Krown & Spellman retail: $1200. Small 8vo. Π 8, 2 Π 4. [22], [2 blank] pp. Large Roce device [Renouard 1005; Polain 162 "Cette marque, qui devaint etre en metal, deeure intacte jusqu'au debut du XVIe siecle (vers 1509"; Silvestre 451.] on title page, text in Gothic letter. Modern burgundy velvet backed paper (old liturgical text), lower inner margin dampstain, large margins with lower margin of last two leaves showing its deckle and slightly shorter. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    This exceptionally rare pamphlet appears to be a work by Johannes Nider. Jean Petit issued several editions of Nider's 'Confessionale seu manuale confessorum' about the same time with a tract with this same title [see: Moreau II,332:144.] and we assume it is the same tract. The Nider entry on Wikpedia  cites  this edition as his work but without citation. The Bibliotheque Nationale states that they own a copy but they decline to ascribe an author. The GW lists Nider as the author in their web based citation which is for the BN copy.

    "John Nider, Theologian, b. 1380 in Swabia; d. 13 August, 1438, at Colmar. He entered the Order of Preachers at Colmar and after profession was sent to Vienna for his philosophical studies, which he finished at Cologne where he was ordained. He gained a wide reputation in Germany as a preacher and was active at the Council of Constance. After making a study of the convents of his order of strict observance in Italy he returned to the University of Vienna where in 1425 he began teaching as Master of Theology. Elected prior of the Dominican convent at Nuremberg in 1427, he successively served as socius to his master general and vicar of the reformed convents of the German province. In this capacity he maintained his early reputation of reformer and in 1431 he was chosen prior of the convent of strict observance at Basle. He became identified with the Council of Basle as theologian and legate, making several embassies to the Hussites at the command of Cardinal Julian. Sent as legate of the Council to the Bohemians he succeeded in pacifying them. He journeyed to Ratisbon (1434) to effect a further reconciliation with the Bohemians and then proceeded to Vienna to continue his work of reforming the convents there. During the discussion that followed the dissolution of the Council of Basle by Eugene IV, he joined the party in favour of continuing the Council in Germany, abandoning them, however, when the pope remained firm in his decision. He resumed his theological lectures at Vienna in 1436 and was twice elected dean of the university before his death. As reformer he was foremost in Germany and welcomed as such both by his own order and by the Fathers of the Council of Basle. As a theologian his adherence to the principles of St. Thomas and his practical methods made him distinguished among his contemporaries." [Catholic Ency.] GW M4739610 (ref. BN V2129). BN F33627948Ê [entre 14..-1528].



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