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    [Featured Lot] [Homilies] Paulus Diaconis i.e. Paul Warnefrid, compiler. Homilarius Doctorum. Basil: Johannes Froben, August 7, 1513. Folio. 2 pts in 1 vol. a-z,aa-cc6,dd-ee8; A-N6. (Lacks a1, y5, I5, I6, all supplied in fine facsimile). 172, 77, (1) folia. Modern decorated calf, gilt title to spine. First title page, y5 and I5-I6 (four leaves total) in fine facsimile. Few small stains to outer margins, few leaves with pencil notes to outer margins, last leaf with tear repaired, no text affect. Blank leaves bound in where prior leaves were missing (but now supplied). "Sherborne Library, 1859" inscribed on first blank. Overall, a nice copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $1,200


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    Frontispiece of the Dragon of the city of Basil to part one (facsimile). Part two with frontispiece of Doctors of the Church under cupola with dove of Holy Spirit, with cuts of Church fathers.The "Homiliarium", familiar explanations of the Gospels, were held in high esteem and were read in connexion with the recitation of the Divine Office. The custom was at least as old as the sixth century. The most famous of these collections was by Paul Warnefrid (Paul the Deacon) a monk of Monte Cassino made at the order of Charlemagne. It was said that they were composed in order that "the ignorant and slothful clergy might at least recite to the people the Gospels and Epistles on Sundays and holidays."

    "Frobenius (Froben), an eminent and learned German printer, was a native of Hammelburg, in Franconia, where he was from childhood trained to literature. Afterwards he went to the university of Basil, where he acquired the reputation of being uncommonly learned... he applied himself to the art of printing; and, becoming a master of it, opened a shop at Basil. He was the first of the German printers who brought the art to any perfection; and being a man of great probity and piety, as well as skill., he was what very few have been, particularly choice in the authors he printed.... The great reputation and character of this printer was the principle motive which led Erasmus to fix his residence at Basil, in order to have his own works printed by him. The connection of Erasmus and Froben grew very close and intimate; and was a connection of friendship and the sincerest cordiality.... A Great number of valuable authors were printed by Froben with great care and accuracy."

     



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