One of 3 Books Printed by Koblinger in Vicenza - In a Contemporary Hildesheim binding

Leonardus de Utino [Leonardo Mattei de Udine] (c. 1399-1469)

Sermones de Sanctis

Vicenza: Stephan Koblinger, 1480


Thick quarto: 20 x 15 cm., [404] leaves. Collation: a–c12, d–y8; 1-18 in 8s, 19-20 in 12s. Text in two columns, 52 lines, gothic type.

Bound in a contemporary Hildesheim binding of blind-stamped calf over wooden boards (EDBD w000207, active c. 1450-1517), rebacked and lacking one clasp. Endpapers renewed. A very fine, bright copy with broad margins and only a little light staining to the margins of the final few leaves; upper outer corner slightly shaved. With 4- to 13-line initials in red, red paraphs, and initial strokes.

This is one of just three books that are recorded as being printed by Koblinger in Vicenza. A fourth book (iv00298000 ) has been tentatively attributed to him.) He subsequently returned to his native Vienna and continued printing there. RARE. There are four copies in North America: Folger, Free Library, LC, Chicago.

Leonardo Mattei of Udine (c. 1399-1469), the son of an auctioneer ("preco") was an important Dominican preacher. He entered the Order around the age of fourteen and between 1426 and 1431 held various positions at Bologna, Cologne, and Lyon. In 1433 he produced a translation of the notorious anti-Semitic text " Epistula rabbi Samuel de Fez de adventu Messiae."

From 1434-1439 Mattei was in Florence. His reputation as a preacher by then well-established, he preached that Lenten sermon of 1434 in Santa Maria Novella. When the Church Council convened in Florence, Mattei gave a number of sermons before the Curia and the pope.

His "Sermones aurei de sanctis" were delivered in Udine in 1446, at the invitation of the commune and nobles of the city. The collection includes his sermon for the feast day of St. Mark, delivered shortly after the Venetians began formal rule of Udine.

ISTC il00162000; Goff L162; HC 16136*; Pell Ms 7151 (7094); CIBN L-131; Polain(B) 4521; IBE 3489; IGI 5743; Gspan-Badalić 413; IBPort 1083; SI 2409; Madsen 2472; CCIR L-17; Mendes 759, 760, 761; Martín Abad L-29; Günt(L) 2920; Sack(Freiburg) 2242; Rhodes(Oxford Colleges) 1088; BMC VII 1043; BSB-Ink L-116; GW M17910