Opusculum de Jubileo siue Peregrinatorium ad urbem Romanam.

Cologne, [Petrus Quentell, 1525.]


FIRST EDITION. 4to. 14 unnumbered ll., A-B4 C6. Roman letter. T-p with decorated head- and tailpiece. Very light age browning, faint waterstaining to blank upper outer corners, a little light spotting, gutter of last reinforced. A very good, crisp, well-margined copy in boards, early inked numeral to t-p.

First edition of this very scarce pamphlet on the theology and customs of the Jubilee, designed for the benefit of laymen journeying to Rome for its celebration. Most were probably discarded on its completion. Bernardus de Lutzenburgo (d. 1535) was a Dominican friar and the author of sermons and treatises on topics including the punishments of heretics and capital sins. ‘Opusculum’ is a concise guide to the Jubilee, declared by Clement VII for the same year. It examines its meaning and origins, functions (remission of sins, celebration of the saints and martyrs, solicitation of charity) and legal aspects, the kinds of ‘grace’ or remission available with the purchase of indulgences, the sundry alterations to the regulations made by popes since the fourteenth century, and the evils committed by those who forbid penitents from purchasing indulgences. It ends with a list of the stations along the pilgrimage from Cologne to Rome. The Quentell press from Cologne, mentioned in the colophon, was responsible for the publication of parts of Tyndale’s Bible in the 1520s.

No copies recorded in the US.

USTC 679898; B 1995. Not in BM STC Ger. or Graesse.