Reutlingen: Michel Greyff, not before 1480. [Bound with] Verdena, Johannes de. Sermones Dominicales cum Expositionibus Evangelorium. Reutlingen: Johann Otmar, not before 1484.
Contemporary pigskin over thick wooden boards, panelled and ruled in blind with later paper labels to spine. Decorative brass catch plates, lacking clasps. Minor tears to joints near crown and foot of spine; occasional wormholes and shelfwear. Square and tight. Measuring 279 x 197mm and collating ; : lacking first and last blanks of first volume and lacking a1 (with three-word title and blank verso) and final blank of second volume. Rubricated throughout. Pastedowns and margins with occasional early marginalia and annotations. Paper flaws to several leaves with no loss, minor worming to preliminary and terminal leaves, and inoffensive scattered foxing and soiling throughout. A bit of separation within the text block near the last gathering. A wide margined and pleasing copy.
The Postilla offers interpretations useful to teachers and clergy of the New Testament, providing Gospels and Epistles to be read aloud on Sundays and feast days, and laying the foundation for sermons. The preface explains that Augustine, Ambrose, Jerome, and other Christian leaders' works provide the basis for the text. The second text shares this aim. Focusing only on the Evangelists, its colophon indicates that preachers who utilize this book can "sleep securely" rather than staying up late at night to develop sermons.
While the former was written by a Dominican and the latter by a Franciscan, both texts would have been consulted by educators and clergy seeking assistance in the development of their public sermons. Bound together, they provide a unique opportunity for acquiring items from the only two printers operating in Reutlingen in the 15th century, both specializing in educational material in Latin and German. (Item #4530)