Compendiosum examen…

Cracow, per Mathiam Scharfenbergk, 1529.


8vo. ff. 16. Gothic letter, Roman letter at colophon, rubricated throughout, verso of t.p. with woodcut of Christ on the Cross, verso of last with woodcut of St. Stanislaw, Bishop of Cracow. Light age yellowing, small oil splash to lower margin, a good clean copy in later pink marbled wrappers, Ms ex libris at head of t.p. ‘1534’, contemporary annotations throughout.

A compendium of Christian belief, listing and describing the seven sacraments and their administration, and the ten commandments, which make way for the largest portion of the pamphlet, listing in detail different degrees of sin, and different manifestations of the seven deadly sins (Gluttony, for instance, has five branches: ineptitude, buffoonery, sloppiness, loquaciousness, and sluggishness of feeling). The book ends with an overview of the computation of Easter from the lunar calendar, and lists controversies that have arisen from these calculations.

Wierzbowski II 1058. Kopera p. 1538. Joch. 4391b mistakenly puts Haller as printer, whose company no longer existed in 1529.


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