Opuscula. Étienne. O. F. M. BRULEFER.


Paris, André Bocard for Jean Petit 24 April 1500.

8vo (135 x 93 mm.). cclxiiii, [8] leaves. Three sizes of rounded gothic type, woodcut Lombardic initials, bold six-line white-line historiated metalcut initials, a woodcut Bocard device on the final verso and a metalcut Petit device on the title.

Contemporary limp vellum (soiled, front hinge weak), spine covered in 18th-century gilt calf (minor defects), manuscript title label, edges with sprinkled red stripes, evidence of four ties.

Only Edition, in small format and small type for the impecunious. These tracts and sermons by the prickly itinerant Franciscan and leading Scotist address simony, poverty, the mass and the Virgin Mary among other topics. Contentious and controversial, Brulefer was banished from Paris, then taught at Metz, preached at Mainz and founded a convent at Saint-Brieuc. Brulefer ranks “among the important Franciscan preachers of the late fifteenth century” (Sullivan).
            After his death, an anonymous French editor prepared these eight discourses for publication, compiled a lengthy subject index and added a short introduction decrying the low state of learning in England and Germany.
            Scattered foxing, two leaves soiled, one natural paper flaw, some lower edges uncut; from the library of Lyonese noble François Bullioud (fl. 1583-1633), who donated his library to the Jesuit College in Lyon in 1610. On the front pastedown, their four-line letterpress bookplate commemorating the gift has a fleuron border and is dated 1610 (not in Hamilton’s Dated Bookplates). Their manuscript shelfmark (Sup. Tab. 3s 68) is below. In 1611 the book was entered into their library catalog (title inscription).
¶Sullivan, Parisian Licentiates in Theology…A Biographical Register 101-3; Contemporaries of Erasmus I: 205-6; ISTC ib01222000; Goff B-1222; see Poidebard’s Armorial des bibliophiles de Lyonnais 79-80.

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