1513] · [colophon: Landshut
Uncommon handbook guiding the novice (or just uncertain) priest through performing the sacraments: baptism, marriage, confession, etc. A large, heading for full-page => woodcut on the title-page depicts the infant Jesus holding a cross, the Holy Sponge, and the Spear of the Passion surrounded by four roundels, each containing an Evangelist with his symbol. The work is printed in single-column => black letter, with headings in a larger font, paragraph marks, and initial letters for ease of use; one of the initial letters is historiated. Two tab remnants at the start and end of the text suggest this was originally bound within a larger work.
This is a later edition, following the first printing ca. 1480. Though the work appeared several times in the 15th and 16th centuries, none of these early printings are widely held, and searches of WorldCat, COPAC, and the NUC reveal => no copies of this edition in a U.S. institution.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
VD16 M675. Modern vellum over boards, title and date neatly inked on spine; sides lightly dust-soiled. Booklabel and tabs as above, light age-toning, thin line of waterstaining along leaf edges. => A handsome — and scarce — support for an inexperienced priest. (Inventory #: 37994)