Stella clericorum.

[Ulm, Johann Zainer, not after 1487].

4to, ff. [18]; initial spaces; gutter of a few leaves reinforced, pages toned, a little light marginal waterstaining; otherwise a good copy, bound in modern boards.


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An early edition of the Stella clericorum, a handbook for secular clergy and a medieval and early modern favourite. Composed around 1200, its use spanned centuries of clerical life, its text surviving in more than 450 extant manuscripts and 80 early printed editions. The Stella pulls together into a brief and practical form the characteristic 12th-century themes of the dignity of the priesthood, the dangers of spiritual negligence, and the importance of the Eucharist.

This is the earliest edition printed in Germany according to ISTC.

BMC II 531; Goff S767; ISTC is00770850. Only the British Library copy in the UK.

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