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MORALE REDUCTORIUM,
Lugduni, Impressum in officina libraria Jacobi Marechal, 1520.. super tota[m] Biblia[m] fratris Petri Berthorij Pictavie[n]sis ordinis divi Benedicti divinaru[m] litteraru[m] studiosissimi, quattuor [et] triginta libris consummatu[m], singulisq[ue] ([cu]m materie exigentia[m]) capitibus aptissime distinctu[m], ubi notabiliorum historiaru[m] ac figuraru[m] veteris [et] novi testamentoru[m], premissa compendiosa textus summa, tropologica seu allegorica atq[ue] no[n]nunque [quamquam?] anagogica subnectit[ur] explanatio, adiectis Biblie [con]corda[n]tijs ... 1520, date taken from colophon. Large 8vo, approximately 250 x 175 mm, 10 x 7 inches, Latin text, title page printed red and black, architectural border with portrait of Bercheur at the top and 14 portraits of scholars reading or writing at the sides and along the bottom, plus the printer's pictorial device below the text, numerous pictorial and decorated initials large and small, black letter printed in two columns, leaves: (12), CCXVIII (misprinted CCVIII), leaves LI to LIIII bound out of order, collated and guaranteed complete, bound in modern full calf, gilt lettered maroon label, gilt decoration to spine, blind decoration to covers, edges stained red, new endpapers. Remains of small label to lower margin of title page, small ink number in fore-edge margin of title page, some pale damp staining to lower margin of first 32 leaves, the same to upper margin of first 12 leaves, both recurring occasionally, name of Bible book in faint tiny hand in upper outer corner of rectos, small area of worming to fore-edge margin of 7 leaves, 1 with small piece missing, nowhere near text, 10 of the last leaves in the volume have pale water staining all over the page, showing worst on the final leaf which also has an old repair to a hole in the lower margin. Binding tight and firm. A good copy of a post incunabula printing. Pierre Bercheur (ca. 1290-1362), a French Benedictine scholar was a translator, encyclopaedist, and the author of several works, including the Ovidius Moralizatus (Ovide Moralise) (1340), a work of mythography. The Gesta Romanorum, a Latin collection of anecdotes and tales, is sometimes attributed to him. In the 1340s, Bercheur became a student at the University of Paris and met Petrarch there again, having first met him in Avignon in the 1320s. The Italian poet was on an embassy to the French court. Bercheur translated into French Petrarch's reassembly (in Latin) of Livy's history of Rome. He was an eloquent preacher and a voluminous homiletical writer. His most important work is the Repertorium Morale, for the use of preachers, a kind of Biblico-moral dictionary, in which the principal words of Scripture are arranged alphabetically and moral reflections attached thereto. His Reductorium morale to the Sacred Scriptures in thirty-four books, embraced all the books of the Bible and was first printed at Strasburg in 1474. See: Catalogue of Books Printed on the Continent of Europe, 1501-1600 In Cambridge Libraries, Volume 1, page 118, this edition not listed; Brunet, Volume I, 819. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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