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    Santo Claravallensis Bernardus. (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux). Sermones de tempore et de sanctis una cum homiliis et epistis. Venice: Johannes Emricus de Spira for Lucantonio Guinat, 12 March, 1495. Quarto. (4), A10, a-2c8, 2d10. (5), 225 (3, blank) pages. A1 in red and black ink print. Forty eight lines and headline, double column, Gothic type. Large woodcut (twenty six line) and printer's device on title page. Smaller woodcut (twenty line) on A1. Decorated initials. Printer's device at end. Complete. Contemporary blindstamped quarter calf over wooden boards, gilt title to spine, remnants of clasps to back board. Front board restored. Spine with clean tears, hinges cracked, opened at inner margin of front board. Title page with darkened stains, some staining to outer margins of start of book (soiling lessens throughout remainder). Small dog ears to first several leaves. Ownership inscription on title "Monasterij S. Pauli". Large bookplate "Wican Free Public Library" to inside of front board, few small blind stamps of same library on few outer corner leaves. Still, a good copy.
    BMC V 540. GW 3945. Goff B440. ISTC ib00440000. HC 2849. CIBN B-266. Polain (B) 4084. USTC 996917. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Bernardus, Claravallensis, Santo. (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux). Sermones de tempore et de sanctis una cum homiliis et epistis. Venice: Johannes Emricus de Spira for Lucantonio Guinat, 12 March, 1495. 4to. (4), A10, a-2c8, 2d10. (5), 225p., (3 blank). 233 leaves total. Complete. Contemporary blindstamped quarter calf over wooden boards, spine with clean tears, holding, hinges cracked, opened at inner margin of front board, gilt title to spine, remnants of clasps to back board. Title page with darkened stains, some staining to outer margins of start of book, lessens throughout remainder. A1 in red and black ink print. Small dog ears to first several leaves. Ownership inscription on title "Monasterij S. Pauli". Large bookplate "Wican Free Public Library" to inside of front board, few small blind stamps of same library on few outer corner leaves. 48 lines and headline, double column, Gothic type. Large woodcut (26 line) and printer's device on title page. Smaller woodcut (20 line) on A1. Decorated initials. Printer's device at end.

    "Bernard, St. (1090-1153), Abbot of Clairvaux. Born of noble parents at Fontaines near Dijon, he early showed an inclination towards the monastic profession, and in 1112 with thirty other young noblemen of Burgundy, including his own brothers, he entered the monastery of Citeaux. When three years later he was bidden by the abbot, St. Stephen Karding, to choose a place for a new monastery, he established a house at Clairvaux, which under his direction soon became one of the chief centres of the Cistercian Order. Before long, Bernard was one of the most influential religious forces in Europe. In 1128 he acted as secretary to the Synod of Troyes and there obtained recognition for the Rules of the new order of Knights of Templar, which he is said himself to have drawn up....Bernard was above all a monk. The austerities and self-mortification which he practiced drew upon him the remonstrations of his friend, William of Champeaux, but they did not avail to change his manner of life...Indeed it was his saintliness and personality rather than the force of his intellect which made him so powerful in the Europe of his day, and found visible expression in the rapid growth of the Cistercian Order in the 12th cent. under his influence. Bernard's writings reveal a clear and penetrating grasp of theological problems, a fine eloquence of which his sermons give some suggestion, and extraordinarily intimate acquaintance with the Bible, and above all, a faith inspired by the sublimest mysticism."- [The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, p.162].

    BMC V 540. GW 3945. Goff B440. ISTC ib00440000. HC 2849. CIBN B-266. Polain (B) 4084. USTC 996917.





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