Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 19 April, 1494. Fourth incunable and first Koberger edition. Also first quarto edition, notable for being small and easier for scholars to take with them. The Repertorium in postillam is not an edition of the Postilla but rather a subject index to it, organized in dictionary (A to Z) form. It had four fifteenth-century printings, one in 1484, two in 1492, and the present Koberger edition. The first three editions were in folio. Hand-colored initials in red throughout; the first capital on A2 with a small face and marginal flourishes. D1 and T7 with chips at bottom corners, not affecting text. Contemporary ink annotation on A1, nineteenth century bookstamp of Judaica collector Arthur Teller, M.D. A very good, appealing copy. Contemporary vellum over oak boards, a bit worn. Covers paneled and decorated in blind, each cover with four stamps in diagonal sections in the center section. Author and title in manuscript on spine, only partially readable; old paper label on front cover, no longer readable. Binding with one metal clasp and catch at fore-edge, in working order. Small quarto. ff. , including the final blank. Item #16811
Nicolaus de Lyra (ca. 1270-1349) was the greatest biblical scholar of the fourteenth century, and one of the greatest biblical scholars of the Middle Ages. He was born in Lyre, near Evreux in Normandy. Around 1300 he entered the Franciscan Convent at Verneuil and was then sent to the Franciscan House in Paris to study at the University. He spent the remainder of his life in Paris, becoming regent master in theology in 1308. He served as Franciscan provincial minister for the Province of Paris from1319-24 and the provincial minister for Burgundy from 1324-1330. His greatest work was his massive commentary on the Bible, the Postilla litteralis in vetus et novum testamentum.
ISTC notes only seven copies in North America (Harvard, the Library of Congress, Ohio State, St. Bonaventure University, the University of Illinois, the University of San Francisco, and Yale). Hain 10399. BMC II, 438. Goff N150. ISTC in00150000.