Quadruplex missalis expositio. Johann. O. S. A. fl. 1505 BECHOFFEN.
Quadruplex missalis expositio.
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Quadruplex missalis expositio.

Basle, M. Furter 1505.

4to. [ii], [165]p. Three sizes of gothic type, shoulder notes, white-line and Lombardic woodcut initials, first two rectos rubricated, a white-line Furter title device.

19th-century cloth-backed stiff gray wrappers, manuscript title and bookplate on the front wrapper.

First Edition of the Augustinian’s only work: a quadripartite interpretation of the fixed liturgical elements of the Mass: the Ordinary and the Canon. Bechoffen analyzes the texts of and historical commentaries on the Introit, Gloria, Creed, pre-Eucharistic prayers and prefaces, the Canon and various post-Mass collects. The page layout is striking. The text of the liturgy appears in a large textura gothic font, which is keyed to Bechoffen’s analysis printed in a small rounded gothic.
     Throughout, Bechoffen considers the rites literally (the factual), allegorically (the symbolic), tropologically (the moral) and anagogically (the spiritual). He also discusses the choreography of the Mass at length. He aimed to aid priests with their sermons, lay education and catechesis. Nothing is known of the author beyond what appears in this colophon, the date of which has been misread as “1500”, accounting for the Quadruplex’s presence in Hain, GW and ISTC. We found three examples in U.S. libraries. A good copy (four quires stained in the upper and outer margins), bookplate of the Viennese Bachoven (or Bachofen) von Echt family.
¶Holmes, Sacred Signs in Reformation Scotland: Interpreting Worship 1488-1590 21-22; VD 16 M 5527; Hain 2728 (Bechoffen) & 6801 (Expositio); GW III: Sp. 587a; ISTC ib00291830; see Ossinger’s Bibliotheca Augustiniana 114-15.

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Price: $3,500.00