It is always nice to find a book which is Early (1492) textually Important (over 100 editions printed) and very Rare ( this is the only copy in the US) and also very Pretty . Here is a nice one for today!


777G  Guillelmmus Parisiensis (The authorship, however, remains unclear, although it appears that the attribution to Parisiensis is erroneous, with Johannes Herolt appearing as a more likely author. )

Postilla super epistolis et evangelia de tempore et de sanctis et pro defunctis. summa diligentia iterum emendata.

[Deventer: Jacobus de Breda], 10 Sept. 1492                    $ 15,000



“More than one hundred editions of the Postilla super epistolas et evangelia by Guillermus Parisiensis were printed during the fifteenth century. Surely this esteemed compilation must be regarded as one of the earliest ‘best sellers’, for how else can one explain why the text was not only frequently reprinted but was reissued time and time again by the same printer…Only a few facts seem to be known about Frater Guillermus. The introduction to the Postilla, his only published work, tells us that he was a Dominican and a professor of sacred theology at Paris. This compilation of the Postilla was written down in 1437 expressly for members of the clergy and for those desirous of understanding the excerpts from the Epistles and the Evangelists, more commonly called lessons, which are read at appropriate services throughout the church year. It obviously filled a most pressing need” (Goff, “The Postilla of Guillermus Parisiensis,” Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 1959, p. 73


 Postilla Guillerini parisiensis sacr[ae] theologi[ae] professoris eximij super Epistolas et Euangelia per totius anni circulum ad sensum lra[n]lem studiosissime collecta. bene emendata et iteru[m] summa diligentia correcta finit Imp[re]ssa Anno christi M.cccc.xcii.decima die Septembris.


DSC_0030This Copy is a Quarto 7 1/2 X 5 1/4 inches.

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It is bound in a modern quarter calf binding with spine labels. The initals are supplied in red and green throughout. This is a very nice copy with ample margins.




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Goff G 691 (this copy only)g691

Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Netherlands) catalog,; 17
1 G 19; GW,; 11969;

Goff(P) 74 ISTC,; ig00691000