Title: Opera. Prima and Secunda Pars; Bound with; Inventarium, 1494
Author: Jean Gerson
Publisher: Strassburg, Martin Flach
Condition: Very Good
A late 15th century edition of the works of Jean Gerson, being the fifth edition reprinted from the 1489 Basel edition published by Nicolaus Kesler. Parts 1 and 2, and the Inventarium are present, with only the third part lacking.
One of the most influential theologians of the fifteenth century, Gerson Chancellor of the University of Paris, being one of the most significant theologians at the Council of Constance, here the fate of the Hussites where largely influenced by him. He helped to lay down the groundwork for natural rights theory, was among the first to defend Joan of Arc, and worked greatly towards resolving the Great Schism. His works were printed heavily during the second half of the fifteenth century.
At the beginning of each volume and part is a repeated large full-page woodcut, depicting Gerson as a pilgrim, totaling three woodcuts. More significantly, the woodcuts are a copy after the original design by Albrecht Durer.
The title pages bear the stamps of a dissolved abbey.
The final blank from Secunda Pars is lacking.
Three books bound into two vellum volumes in quarto, 52, 218; 257 of 258 leaves
Collation is as followed:
Inventarium: A-B⁸ C-F⁶⁸̇ G⁸ (G8 blank)
- 1. a-b⁶ c-e⁸ f⁶ g-i⁸ k⁶ l-t⁸⁶̇ v⁸ x-2a⁶⁸̇ 2b⁸ 2c⁶ 2d-2g⁸ (2g8 blank)
- 2, A⁸ B-2F⁸⁶̇ 2G-2H⁸ 2I⁶ 2K-2N⁸ (2N8 blank lacking)
These volumes are in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding. Two of the full-page woodcuts have been marred with stickers held by the abbey prior to its dissolution, which have been placed at the bottom of the woodcut, slightly affecting both. The opening leaves to both volumes are heavily stained, with the title page and woodcut of Inventarium lacking the upper corner, though restored to fill the empty space. There is minor toning and foxing to the pages throughout.