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Bible in Latin. With Postilla of Hugh of Saint-Cher (part III)

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  • Tertia pars huius operis: continens postillam domini Hugonis Cardinalis Super Prouerbia … Ecclesiasticum. [Basel:] Johann Amerbach for Anton Koberger [not after 1500]
  • leather,ink,paper
Median folio (345 × 235 mm), part III of seven, Proverbs to Ecclesiasticus. Collation: a-o8.6 p6 q-r8 s-v6 x-N8.6 O-Q6: 268 leaves, the Vulgate text in two columns surrounded by Hugh’s commentary in two columns. Initial spaces with printed guide letters (unrubricated). Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin, with brass corner- and centerpieces, clasps, and chain (Kyriss shop 11, Heilbronn), fifteenth-century waste of a noted liturgical book, edges plain; a large copy.


Carmelites of Heilbronn (binding, inscription “ex f: f: Carmel: Helpronensium”) ¬–– Joseph W. and Josephine W. Drexel (bookplate) –– Lucy Wharton Drexel (bookplate)


Formatting the Word of God 3.4; Goff B-610; GW 4285; BMC III 759 (IB.37901); BSB-Ink B-481

Catalogue Note

First edition of Hugh of Saint Cher’s commentary, preserved in a fine chained binding. The full edition in seven parts, totalling 2,506 leaves, was produced by Johann Amerbach at the costs of Anton Koberger over five years, (after 29 October1498)-7 November 1502. There is a colophon only at the end of the final volume, but the benefactors’ book of the Basel Charterhouse records Amerbach’s gift of parts 1 and 2 in 1499, and of part 3 in 1500. The Dominican Hugh of Saint-Cher (d. 1263) was lecturer in theology at the convent of Saint-Jacques in Paris, where he composed a massive commentary on the whole Bible, including its traditional prologues. He then advanced in the Dominican hierarchy, becoming Provincial of France, and afterward promoted to Cardinal Priest by Innocent IV (1244). Although his commentary was late in reaching print compared to that of Nicholas of Lyra (Sweynheym and Pannartz, 1471–2), once in print it found a long afterlife, being reprinted as late as the early eighteenth century.