Johannes Nider - Sermones de tempore, about 1476-1479

Johannes Nider (Swabia, 1380 - 1438, Colmar)

Sermones de tempore et de sanctis cum quadragesimali, about 1476-1479

Printed ink on paper, 33 x 22.5 x 9.5 cm (13 x 8 7/8 x 3 3/4 in.) binding


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  • Johannes Nider (Swabia, 1380 - 1438, Colmar) - author
  • Conrad Fyner (active in Esslingen and Urach, Germany, 1472 - 1488) - printer



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Blind-stamped calf with metal bosses and a chain (Carmelite monastery of Bamberg, dated 1476-1479)


1 Vol. (372 leaves) : paper : ill. ; 32 cm. (folio)


Collection of the Carmelite monastery of Bamberg, Germany, about 1476-1479.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from G. Michelmore & Co., London on 29 December 1922 for £85.


Inscribed (a3r): "Carmelites, Bamberg." [19th century hand]
Watermark (binder's sheets): Grape cluster [Pignerol Piedmont, about 1460 (no. 13002 in C.M. Briquet. Les Filigranes)]
Watermark (binder's sheets): bull's head [Brescia, around 1483 (no. 14873 in C.M. Briquet. Les Filigranes)]


Ludwig Hain. Repertorium Bibliographicum in quo librii omnes ab arte typographica inventa usque ad annum MD. typis expressi ordine alphabetico vel simpliciter enumerantur vel adcuratius recensentur, Vol. II, Part I (Stuttgart, 1931), p. 495, no. *11799.
G. Michelmore & Co. Catalogue 5 (London, December 1922), lot 270. (as from the Carmelite monastery of Bamberg)
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 277.
Frederick Richmond Goff. Incunabula in American libraries; a third census of fifteenth-century books recorded in North American collections (New York, 1964), no. N215. (does not include Gardner copy)
Rebecca Karo. "A Gothic Bestseller". Fenway Court (1975), pp. 10-15, ill. (as possibly from the collection of the Carmelites of Bramberg)
Rebecca Karo. Short-Title Catalogue of Highlights from the Book Collection in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Unpublished manuscript. (Boston, 1970s), no. 9.
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, no. 07223, accessed 2 November 2016.
British Library. Incunabula Short Title Catalogue, no. in00215000, accessed 2 November 2016.
William P. Stoneman in Jeffrey F. Hamburger et al. Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Newton: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; Cambridge: Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2016), pp. 26-27, 241, ill.

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