942G Michæl (Michaelis Mediolanensis) Carcano ( 1427- 1484)
Sermonarium de poenitentia per adventum et per quadragesimam fratris Michaelis Mediolanensis.
V enice : Georgius Arrivabenus, 28 Sept. 1496 $9,000
Large Octavo 7 1/4 X 51/2 a-z8 [et]8 [con]8 [rum]8 A-E8 F10. This copy is bound in bind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, lacking clasps and catches.
Carcano was one of the great Franciscan preachers of the 15th-century, Michael’s preaching was much admired by Bernardino da Feltre, who called him: ‘alter sanctus apostolus Paulus et Christi Tuba’
In this book there are 92 sermons for Advent and Lent, that amount to a systematic treatment of penitence. Carcano’s preaching was much admired by Bernardino da Feltre, who called him ‘alter sanctus apostolus Paulus et Christi Tuba’. He is known for his part in founding the montes pietatis banking system, with Bernardine of Feltre, and for the marked anti-Semitism of his attacks on usury. His sermons were later printed as Sermones quadragesimales fratris Michaelis de Mediolano de decem preceptis (1492). They include arguments in favour of religious art.(see Geraldine A. Johnson, Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction (2005), p. 37)
The wording of the colophon suggests that the archetype of this edition is that of Nicholas de Frankfordia,1487.
Quadragesimale seu sermonarium de penitentia duplicatum per aduentu[m] videlicet & quadragesima[m] a venerabili viro fratre Michaele Mediolanensi ordinis fratrum minorum de obseruantia editum: qui tum sanctimonia vite, tu[m] ferue[n]tissima verbi dei p[re]dicatione a deo inumeris meruit corruscare miraculis felici numine explicitum est. Impressu[m] V enetijs optimaq[ue] castigatione eme[n]datu[m]: per Georgiu[m] de Arriuabenis Ma[n]tuanum. Anno d[omi]ni .M.cccclxxxxvj. die .xxviij. Septembris./
Goff C197; H 4507*; Walsh 2140; BMC V 386;GW 6132
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