Hagenau, Heinrich Gran for Jakob Rynman 1500.
4to (217 x 153 mm.). [iv], , [2 blank]p. Gothic type, RUBRICATED.
17TH-CENTURY GILT-RULED RED MOROCCO WITH THE ARMS OF JEAN-BAPTISTE COLBERT, his gilt cipher in five spine compartments and the gilt-lettered title in the sixth, edges sprinkled red and blue.
First Edition. Between November 1414 and April 1418, the Council of Constance deposed three popes, elected one, ended the Western Schism, reformed ecclesiastical government and life, ruled on just war, streamlined the curia and condemned Wycliffe and Hus. Most importantly, it confirmed THE CHURCH COUNCIL’S SUPREME AND INDEPENDENT AUTHORITY AS SUPERIOR TO THE POPE’S in matters of faith, unity and reform. Stump considered this “revolutionary…the precursor of the principles of modern constitutional monarchy”. “From an ecclesiastical point of view, the Council of Constance may truly be said to close the medieval and to open the modern period” (Catholic Encyclopedia IV: 292).
This copy was bound for the Prime Minister of France, J.-B. Colbert (1619-83). It passed to one son then the other, then to his nephew (Bibliotheca colbertina (1728) 5495); printed ticket of London bookseller C.J. Stewart (fl. 1837-82); bookplate of Berlin collector Wilhelm Richter from whom Rosenbach bought it; bookplates, stamp and manuscript note of Albert Ehrman (Broxbourne Library (1977) 199). Large and crisp, in fine condition, two outer margins uncut.
¶Stump, The Reforms of the Council of Constance passim; ISTC ic00800000; Goff C-800.