INVENTION and DISCOVERY:
Printed Books from Fifteenth-Century Europe
An Exhibition at Bridwell Library, February 1 – May 3, 2010
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14. GUILELMUS PERALDUS (d. 1261). Summa de vitiis. [Basel: Michael Wenssler, “c. 1475,” but not after 1473].
Traditionally dated c. 1475, Michael
Wenssler’s printing of this popular treatise on the Seven Deadly Sins has
been considered the second edition, following Berthold Ruppel’s Basel
edition of c. 1473-74. However, the final leaf of Bridwell Library’s copy
bears a rubricator’s inscription that reads “Explicit 1473 apud sanctam
Gallum” (“Finished in 1473 at St. Gall”). This necessitates a revised
dating of the edition to “not after 1473,” and it suggests that Wenssler’s
edition may have been the earliest. By the eighteenth century this copy had
migrated northwest from St. Gall to Trier. Its binding includes end sheets
printed c. 1735 at the University of Trier, and like several other
fifteenth-century books at Bridwell Library, it features distinctive shelf
marks used at Trier’s municipal library, which sold its duplicates c. 1900.
may not be published without the permission of Bridwell Library.