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1490 Incunable Caracciolus Kesler Basel Folio Beautiful Leather Medieval Monk

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Seller: greekdrama (4,044) 92.3%, Location: Niagara Falls, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 262449794046 Impressive Medieval Incunable With Title Page and Printer's Colophon! Scarce Edition from Kesler in Basel, Over 500 Years Old! Beautiful Binding Description Sermones de Laudibus sanctoru[m] Fratris Roberti de Litio ordinis mino[rum] Episcopi Aquinat[e]n[sis]. Basilee imp[r]essum : p[er] Nicolau[m] Kesler ..., M.ccccxc [1490] (Sermones de laudibus sanctorum., Caracciolus, Robertus, Basel: Nicolaus Kesler, 26 Feb. 1490) Complete with title page and colophon page with date and printing information, 372 pages!This is a rare incunable folio -- dating back to 1490, WITH SCARCE TITLE PAGE -- the hard to find Basel edition of the works of the famous medieval preacher and monk Robertus Caracciolus; with the printing date of February 26, 1490 and the famous Kesler engraved printing device. A rare opportunity to own a medieval classic, one of the great late medieval ecclesiastics and Franciscan monks; in this fine incunable edition with handsome full leather binding. Robertus Caracciolus, also known as Roberto Caraccioli and Roberti de Littio was born in 1425 of a noble family in Lecci (Littio) in the Kingdom of Naples. By the age of 30 he had obtained such a reputation for excellent speaking and preaching that he was honored by a Brief from Pope Nicholas V. "All authors agree in the extraordinary admiration" Caraccioli excited as a preacher - in fact, he was considered to be a second St. Paul and was held up as a model for young orators for his tone, gesture and manner of speaking. Caraccioli attached himself to the Franciscan Friars Minor Observatine. The Observatines were those Franciscans who professed to observe faithfully the Rule of St. Francis approved by Pope Honorius III in 1223. The observantine movement started in Italy in 1368 and gave rise to various semi‑autonomous groups like the Recollects and Alcantarines, who remained subject to the minister general of the Friars Minor. Apparently Pope Nicholas's Brief freed Caraccioli from subjection to any particular superior. In his freedom Caraccioli passed from the Observatines to the Conventuals and then back again, which occasioned some talk on the part of his somewhat jealous peers that he took his spiritual duties too lightly and there were suggestions that his sanctity of manner was not equal to his great eloquence. Regardless of the some of the medieval backstabbing about his vocation, Caraccioli was employed in honorable commissions by Popes Callixtus III and Sixtus IV. He was also appointed Bishop of Aquino (home of Thomas Aquinas) and also of Lecci, where he died in 1495, five years after the printing of this book. His Sermons in Praise of the Saints was first printed in 1489 in Venice, this edition followed shortly thereafter. Printing of the book was done by Nicolaus Kesler in Berne, who would become famous in 1492 for his edition of St. Jerome which contains the famous woodcut by Albrecht Dürer of St. Jerome removing the thorn from the foot of a lion. Durer would spend 2 years in Basel working with Kesler and other printers. The colophon page has a very clear device of Kesler's printing house, with the date and place given. Interestingly, the date is given as q[ua]rto kal[endas]. marcij , which means four days before the "kalends" of March, the "kalends" meaning the first day, a holdover from the ancient Roman method of marking the year. So four days before the kalends of March = 26 February. According to Bibliotheca selectissima: a catalogue of books printed in the fifteenth century: "The productions of Kesler's press are very rarely met with. The present affords a fine copy, with ample margins, of one of the noblest specimens of his press. It is described in Panzer, vol. i. p. 168." The book is handsomely printed in double columns with capital spaces, pagination is a9 (stat 10) b4 (stat 6) c6 d8 e6 f8 g6 h8 i6 k6 l8 m6 n7 A6 B6 C8 D6 E8 F6 G6 H8 J6 K6 L8 M6 N6 O6 P6 B 186 unnumbered leaves (stat 189) or 372 pages. It is a folio measuring 8.5" x 12". ISTC No.:ic00148000, References: Goff C148; H 4485* Condition is good. Title page has been neatly restored at the top edge of the title page, with some old notations and an ownership date of 1622 (almost 400 years ago), soiled and worn edges. Pages have very occasional contemporary notations and marginalia, mostly clean with some foxing and age. Page E5 has a tear at bottom edge not affecting text, there are a few contemporary notations along with several pointing hands Colophon page has an archivally repaired clean tear. First and last blanks are renewed. Binding is very handsome. Old leather boards with a beautiful patina, new spine with 5 raised bands, red leather spine label with bright gilt – quite lovely. All in all, a scarce copy of the Basel edition of this important collection of sermons of a famous medieval monk, printed two years before Columbus's landfall in the New World. An impressive piece of history, in a handsome binding – sturdy and lovely. The only other copy of this edition is for sale for over $11,000. Shipping & Payment Terms WE ARE LOCATED IN CANADA. POSTAL RATES HAVE GONE UP! USPS First Class International rates have gone up 20% and Priority International Rates almost as much. Canada Post has raised its rates about 10%. USPS Priority rates in the US have also gone up. International Customers -- we may be able to ship more cheaply than we show – please e-mail us to see what we can offer to your location. US Customers – We ship twice or more a week using the US Postal Service via our courier from Canada to the mailing address in New York. We are able to offer competitive rates with this service, but if you require quicker shipping, please inquire. For books over $799 we may ship via CanadaPost from Toronto. Canadian customers -- we may have to charge HST/GST for Canadian purchases. However, shipping is generally lower than on ebay’s shipping cost calculator. Email me with your province and I’ll be happy to calculate HST and shipping. We are happy to combine shipping! For our international customers, import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up -- do not confuse them with additional shipping charges. We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as "gifts" – it’s against the law. Thanks for bidding and thanks for being a fellow book lover. See our other listings for more unusual and rare books. Condition: Good antiquarian, nearly complete with title page and colophon, see listing for full details, Binding: Leather, Topic: Christianity, Bibles, Year Printed: 14900000, Subject: Religion & Spirituality, Special Attributes: Latin Language, Origin: European, Author: Carraciolus, Publisher: Kesler, Original/Reproduction: Original, Country/Region of Manufacture: Switzerland

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