1/20/1487; Meffreth; First Edition; Incunable; Basel, Switzerland, Nicolaus Kesler; Full Folio Rebound Leather; Gothic Type, Latin Text; 230 Leaves of 231, 460 Pages; w8.8"xh12.7"; EXTREMELY RARE!!!
Great For any Religious Fan or Collector. Great Gift Idea; Won't Find This Around; 530 Years Old; Probably only a handful out there; On Average only about 18 of Each Incunable Selection, Exists!!!
A Lovely Folio marble cover design with leather binding, stamped leather borders, black/gold spine label; Beautiful double column Gothic type, 55 lines and headline to each page in black with numerous Initials/heading Initials and large chapter Initials in Red done painstakingly by hand, and a Great Read; Rare Work available at Auction!!!
He wrote 225 sermons in his lifetime. Due to some of his views he may have been considered a Heretic and at one point his editors were put to some trouble in order to get a license to publish. Meffreth was a 15th century preacher,that produced a number of multi volumed books that where printed in the later portion of the 15th century. There are a number of cross references between him and Aesop as it seems he included examples of the tales of Aesop in his sermons by way of illustrations to help get his point across. The name Meffreth may have been a Pen name but at this point in time not more is known about him..
Meffreth, the subject of this notice, was a preacher of great popularity in the fifteenth century; his sermons display great power of a certain order. He was undoubtedly an accomplished theologian, a good scholar, and a man of diversified reading; he could speak with force, and describe with considerable graphic power,—but for all this, in his two hundred and twenty-five sermons there is not one in which the unction necessary for the conversion of souls is to be discovered. It is quite impossible to read these sermons without feeling that the preacher’s great object has been the exhibition of his own ingenuity and learning, not the saving of the souls of his hearers.
Of the man himself but little is known, and that little we gain from his own title-page. From it we ascertain that he was a German priest of Meissen, and that he flourished about 1443.
Meffreth having stated boldly, in his Sermons on the Conception of the Blessed Virgin, that she was born with the taint of original sin, his editors were put to some trouble in order to get a licence to publish; in the first edition there is an explanatory note by the publisher, in the second, a long preface by Fr. Joannes de Lapide, a Carthusian and Doctor of the University of Paris, refuting the opinion of Meffreth on this head, and stigmatizing it as heresy, not, however, on Scriptural and Patristic authority, but on the ground of the judgment of Sixtus IV., the decision of the University of Paris, and the decree of the Council of Basle.
Condition is Good+/Very Good. Modern rebinding/end pages, larger spot and a smaller one to lower front leather, but how was created, small black mark to back board, otherwise exterior is fine; end pages a bit crinkled, missing A1 (just the title/rest is blank/printed off a copy) signature to top of first page, a couple to bottom margin of same page, 'ex libris Barth. Lungi'; 'Ex libris Wolff. Sigismundi Fischer, Anno 1677' , half inch hold to first page at top to first sentence/loss of a word or two,
closed tear to margin of one page, some early ink marginalia, short tear at foot within text, without loss of one page, thumb size piece missing at side edge of pg 218, pencil page numbers written in to lower corners, final page loss of lower blank corner about 2 inches, loss of piece at gutter on same page with loss of some letters (printed on front only)/tattered edge, some light margin blemishing, ink smear to lower few lines on one page, for age most pages are very good, hinges/text block are very good/excellent for 530 years old!!!