Der ewigen Weyßheit büchlin.

Dillingen, S. Mayer, 1567, 8vo. [xvi], 208 leaves. Large Gothic type (96), TWENTY-EIGHT TEXT WOODCUTS, title in red & black in an elaborate fleuron border. Contemporary calf over beveled wooden boards (worn, slight loss on front panel), military bust portrait roll with two shields — one bearing a pine tree, the other the initials IP (see Haebler, Rollen- & Plattenstempel I: 332-4), central rectangle with two vertical repetitions of an acanthus roll, ruled spine (crown & base chipped), printed & ms. paper labels, brass catches (lacks clasps). “HIS PROSE IS POETRY” (Katzenstein, tr.). “The thoughts expressed here are simple and the words simpler still, because they are from a simple soul and intended for simpler persons” (NCE). This was composed for Elsbeth Stägel (c. 1300-60). It was read silently alone, or aloud at meals in convents, or at home with family gathered round. Dedicated to Ursula Fugger (1521-73) of the merchant banking family, this is the first edition of Adam Walasser’s High German version. Handsoiled, seductive; Barbara ?Andarger of Egg signed the front pastedown twice in 1589; it passed to the Capuchins at Stans (inscriptions and stamp) and then at Sursee (stamp). The only example in the U.S. (Donaueschingen-Cotsen/Princeton) I sold a dozen years ago.VD 16 S 6102; Bucher, Dillingen 251; Suso, The Little Book of Eternal Wisdom ed. & tr. Clark; Breuer, “Zur Druckgeschichte und Rezeption der Schriften Heinrich Seuses” in Frömmigkeit in der frühen Neuzeit: Studien zur religiösen Literatur des 17. Jahrhunderts in Deutschland ed. Breuer 36-8; Katzstein, “Georg Wallaser” in ADB 37: 169-79; New Catholic Enc. VI: 1043-4. Item #8361

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