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Sermones moralissimi super evangelia dominicalia totius anni . . . Reverendi in Christo Guilhermi de Peraldo ordinis fratrum Predicatorum sacre pagine doctoris . . . (Avignon: Jean de Channey, 1519) Questio adiuncta ad communem utilitatem predicantium per Fratrem Bernardum de Croso, sacri ordinis predicatorum .

The Sunday sermon sequence of William Peraldus (†1261) was no less popular than his Summas on the vices and virtues (see catalogue n° 2). In the Middle Ages, the sermons circulated in hundreds of manuscripts, and they were printed many times through the seventeenth century. This edition adds a disputed question concerning prayers for the dead, purgatory, the pope's power of binding and loosing, etc., by Bernardus de Croso, O.P. (†1519). Bernard, who was at one time Poenitentiarius to the Pope, also provided an alphabetical table to Peraldus's sermons.

The title page, printed in black and red, bears the papal coat of arms and privilege; a woodcut on the verso depicts the Mass of St. Gregory. The printer's device of Jean de Channey on the last verso imitates the dolphin and anchor mark of the famous Venetian humanistic scholar and publisher, Aldo Manuzio (ca. 1550-1515). An owner's monogram (the letters NB topped by a cross) is written in the papal coat of arms on the title page and on the last verso of Bernardus de Croso's question. An ex-libris on the verso of the back flyleaf states: "Hic liber est fratris Gregorij ad usum suorum amicorum."

References: IA 3/3: 330 (printer); Kaeppeli no 1623 (Peraldus); Quétif-Échard 2/1: 40a (Bernardus).

Catalogue No. 41
Call Number: Rare Books GABRIEL 1519C
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