Ulrich Zell: Cologne, 1470.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003712
[Vita et transitus Sancti Hieronymi]. Two parts in one volume: I. Epistola de morte Hieronymi. Incipit epistola beati Eusebii ad sanctum Damasum portuensem episcopum et Theodosium Romanorum senatorem de morte gloriosi confessoris Hieronymi doctoris eximii. II. [Pseudo-] AURELIUS AUGUSTINUS, Epistola ad Cyrillum Hierosolymitanum de magnificentiis Hieronymi. [Pseudo-] CYRILLUS, Epistola ad Augustinum de miraculis Hieronymi. [Pseudo-] HIERONYMUS, Epistola ad Susannam lapsam et ad Heliodorum. HIERONYMUS, Epistola ad Heliodorum. Cologne: Ulrich Zell, ca. 1470. 4to (214 x 148 mm). 47 and 64 unnumbered leaves. Title from caption at incipit on leaf [a1] recto of part I. Spaces left blank for initials, occasionally with printed guide letters. Signatures: Part I: [a-e8 f6+1(+f7)]; Part II: [a-h8]. Foliation or signatures added in manuscript. Five 4-line illuminated opening initials in blue, green and pink on gilt background with floral extensions in penwork and gilt, green and blue paint; 3-line paragraph initials painted in red, rubrication in red throughout. Several manicules and marginalia in red and black ink by at least three different hands, brief manuscript summary on the last leaf verso of part I. Bound in simple brown paper-covered card-board, spine lettered in black (paper chipping at extremities, boards soiled and scratched). The text only very little browned, occasional minor spotting and finger-soiling. Provenance: Hospices de Beaune (inscription on the last leaf verso of part I dated June 20, 1505); F. Fasting (bookplate to front pastedown); Bibliothèque du Château Le Rosey. ----
EDITIO PRINCEPS of this collection, which was published and translated many times in the 15th century. "Letters about the life, death and miracles of St. Jerome probably originated in the first half of the 14th century in southern France or more likely in northern Italy in Dominican circles" (GW). In later editions, texts by a pseudo-Augustine and a pseudo-Cyrillus were added on the same subject.
Content: Part I: [Pseudo-]Eusebius Cremonensis. Epistola ad Damasum et Theodosium de morte Hieronymi, [a1]r-[f7]v. Part II: [Pseudo-]Aurelius Augustinus. Epistola ad Cyrillum Hierosolymitanum de magnificentiis Hieronymi, [a1]r-[b1]v; [Pseudo-]Cyrillus Hierosolymitanus. Epistola ad Augustinum de miraculis Hieronymi, [b2]r-[g3]r; [Pseudo-]Hieronymus [Pseudo]-Ambrosius; Nicetas Remesianensis. Epistola ad Susannam lapsam, [g3]r-[h2]v; Hieronymus. Epistola ad Heliodorum, [h3]r-[h8]v.
References: GW 09446 & 2949; BSB-Ink A-912 (II) & E-120 (I); Goff H238; Hain 6719*; ISTC ih00238000; Oates 366, 367, 360. - Visit our website to see more images!
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