Homiliae Venerabilis Bedae Presbyteri Anglosaxonis, theologi suo aeuo celeberrimi, hyemales & quadragesimales de tempore ac de sanctis, nunc primum summa dili=gentia restitutæ & in lucem æditæ. Cvm Indice. [Woodcut printer’s device]

By: BEDE, The Venerable.

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Binding/Condition: Bound full blind-stamped pigskin--soiled some, sometime rebacked with original pigskin spine laid over, partially beveled edges, lacks clasps & catches, title lettered in old pen on spine and on front fore-edge of pages, lacks front free endpaper, removed tape stain on paste-down endpaper along front hinge, 5 worm holes in title--down to 2 by the 12th leaf (p.7) but the last hole ending on p.270, title page repaired along gutter with resulting loss of 4 letters (Vene of Venerabilis) but filled in with old pen, title tattered along outside edge, 2 pages with remains of leather bookmark pasted to them. A tight copy.


Bede, the Venerable, Saint 673-735. Biblical scholar and ‘Father of English History.’ Best known for his Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum (Church History of the English People). “This..., a primary source for early English history, owes its value to Bede’s care in collecting information from those most likely to know, his meticulous listing of his authorities and the separation of historical fact from hearsay and tradition. Its interest is enhanced by the vividness of his descriptions.”--F. L. Cross: Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, p.148. He entered the monastery at age 7 (at Wearmouth and then soon thereafter Jarrow where he spent the rest of his life), was ordained a deacon at 19 and made a priest in his 30th year. He was a voluminous writer including many commentaries on the scriptures, translations of the scriptures into Anglo Saxon, lives of the saints, etc. Bede also composed two books each containing twenty-five homilies. They were intended for use at key points in the Christian year, clustering largely round Christmas and Easter. Three were for specific Wearmouth–Jarrow occasions: the anniversaries of the dedications of their churches and of the death of Benedict Biscop. We offer what is likely the first printed edition of these sermons, Cologne, 1534.

Title: Homiliae Venerabilis Bedae Presbyteri Anglosaxonis, theologi suo aeuo celeberrimi, hyemales & quadragesimales de tempore ac de sanctis, nunc primum summa dili=gentia restitutæ & in lucem æditæ. Cvm Indice. [Woodcut printer’s device]

Author: BEDE, The Venerable.

Illustrator: Woodcut printer’s device (4.7 x 4.1cm) on title and again on 2nd to last leaf--same as title put this time within a column & lintel border (7.6 x 5.8 cm). 2nd title page printed within woodcut border with Adam on the left & Eve on the right, vines & cher

Categories: 16th Century Books, Bindings-Leather, Catechisms, Catholic Church, Theology,,

Edition: Early (1st?) Printing of The Venerable Bede’s Homilies for the Church Year

Publisher: [Cologne], Apud Iannem Gymnicum. : Anno M.D.XXXIIII [1534] Cum priuilegio Cæsareo in

Binding/Condition: Bound full blind-stamped pigskin--soiled some, sometime rebacked with original pigskin spine laid over, partially beveled edges, lacks clasps & catches, title lettered in old pen on spine and on front fore-edge of pages, lacks front free endpaper, removed tape stain on paste-down endpaper along front hinge, 5 worm holes in title--down to 2 by the 12th leaf (p.7) but the last hole ending on p.270, title page repaired along gutter with resulting loss of 4 letters (Vene of Venerabilis) but filled in with old pen, title tattered along outside edge, 2 pages with remains of leather bookmark pasted to them. A tight copy.

Provenance: Written in pen on front paste-down endpaper “ Supl

Size: Octavo, 17.1 x 11.5cm (6¾ x 4½ inches).

Item Number: 17999

Keywords: 16th Century Books, Church History, Patristics & Early Church, Sermons, Theology, Church Year, Festival Sermons,