(Pseudo-)AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius, Saint (354-430 CE). De cognitione verae
vitae. [Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, not after 1474].
ascribed to St. Augustine, this little-known text was most likely
written by Honorius of Autun (12th century). The original owner of this book, Wenceslaus Brack (d. 1495) of Salzburg,
was the author of a popular schoolbook known as the Vocabularius rerum,
which went through at least a dozen editions before 1500. He evidently
had this brief tract from Schoeffer’s press bound together with five
other works authored by Jean Gerson, as he inscribed the vellum flyleaf
of his book with a table of contents that includes those works as well.
The lost contents were most likely the collection of these five Gerson
tracts printed together by Ulrich Zel at Cologne, c. 1472. Although
Brack may have combined these disparate editions himself in this
Sammelband (works bound together), his table of contents is perhaps
evidence of Schoeffer’s continued practice of selling his own works
alongside those of fellow printers such as Zel.
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