The Collection of First Editions

The Collection of First Editions of the Croatian St. Jerome Province of Franciscan Conventuals

All the way until the year 1517, the Franciscan order was a unique legal entity and it was only after that the differences among the various Franciscan branches were made legal: between the so called Observants, and Franciscan Conventuals. Some friaries decided for one branch, and some for the other. Unfavourable political and social circumstances to which our Croatian Littoral was exposed from the 17th century onwards, were the reason why the Province of Franciscan Conventuals was not able to progress normally throughout that period. Today, it has under its jurisdiction the following friaries (houses, parishes): Zagreb (Holy Ghost – also the seat of the entire Province), Split (St. Francis on the Shore), Šibenik (St. Francis), Vis (St. Jerome), Cres (St. Francis), Pula (St. Francis, St. Joseph), Vinkovci (St. Anthony of Padua, parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary), Molve (parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary), Galdovo (St. Anthony of Padua). There is also a friary outside Croatia pertaining to the Province: Gary, Indiana-SAD (St. Joseph).

It has been established that, out of all the enumerated old and new friaries (houses), only the old friary houses in Split, Šibenik and Cres hold a major or a minor collection of incunabulae, which is why we shall here be mentioning only these three sites.

 

ST. FRANCIS FRIARY IN CRES

In terms of the year of its establishment, the Cres friary of Franciscan Conventuals comes third within its Province. It is assumed to have been built around 1250. By the end of the 18th century, it juridically belonged to the Island of Rab custodia of the then Franciscan Province of Slavonia, soon to change its name to the Dalmatian Province of St. Jerome. Changing political circumstances considerably impacted the life of the Province, and so towards the end of the 18th century it comprised merely five friaries. Since a similar situation was true also of the neighbouring Italy, in 1827, there occurred a fusion of the two Franciscan Conventual provinces into a single Dalmatian-Paduan Province. However, in 1908 the two provinces both became independent once again, with a separate Dalmatian Province established once again. At the time, the Cres friary was one among its most renowned institutions, and as such also the seat of the Provincial government. It remained so all the way to the end of WWI. With the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, the island of Cres became Italian territory. The new Italian authorities chased away from Cres the Conventuals who were »not really simpatical« to them, because of their patriotic work. And so the Cres friars were compelled to look for a new place to live. After many difficulties, in 1922 they came to Zagreb and –owing to the competent Provincial, Josip Milošević, and the Zagreb Archdiocese, started building a new friary at Sveti Duh. In time, it would become the seat of the provincial authority of all the Franciscan Conventuals in Croatia. When – after WWII – Cres was returned to Croatia, the former Cres friars once again regained their old friary.

It goes without saying that many complex circumstances affected both the activity and the property of the Cres friary, thus leaving trace also on the old library. Still, in spite of everything, the Cres friary has managed to keep a good number of its old holdings, and among them also the small but precious collection of incunabulae. The collection is particularly renowned for the fact that among its first editions is an extremely rarely preserved a copy of the Senj Missal printed in Glagolitic alphabet in Senj in 1494.

The audit performed in June, 1997 established that the Cres friary owns 27 incunabulae:

 

1. ANDREAE, ANTONIUS

Quaestiones super XII libros Metaphvsicae Aristotelis. (Ed. Lucas de Subereto). Venetiis, Bonetus Locatellus pro Octaviano Scoto, X. Kal. Sept. (23. VIII) 1487. – ? 1. 4° (27,7 x 20 cm) Got.

HC 978, BMC V 436, GW 1661, IGI 472, Goff A-583 (Stillwell A 521), Bad. 0

Sign. Ink. 13

2. ANTONINUS FLORENTINUS
Confessionale: Defecerunt scrutantes scrutinio …

Venetiis, Johannes de Colonia et Johannes Manthen, 1476. – [93] + [4] 1. ; 4° (22 x 16.4 cm) Got.

HC 1179, BMC V 226, GW 2106, IGI 629, Goff A-803 (Stilhvell A 711), Bad. 68

Sign. Ink. 16

3. ANTONINUS FLORENTINUS

Summa theologica. P. I. (Praecedit: Molitoris Tabula), (P. II, III, IV desunt). P. V. Spirae, Petrus Drach, 1/ Kal. Oct. [1. X] 1487.; P. V. [s. d.] – ? 1.; 2° (29,6 x 20,8 cm) Got. HC 1247, BMC II 495, GW 2190, IGI 694, Goff A-876 (Stilhvell A 781), Bad. 81

Sign. Ink. 9

4. AURELIUS AUGUSTINUS

Sermones ad heremitas.

Venetiis, Simon Bevilaqua, Papiensis, 4. XI1495. – ? 1. ; 8° (16 x 10,5 cm) Got.

HC 2005, BMC V 520, GW 3007, IGI 1038, Goff A-1319 (Stilhvell A 1173), Bad. 132

Sign. Ink. 22, Privez

5. GABRIEL BARLETTA

Sermones quadragesimales et de sanctis, cum Add. Benedicti Brixiani. Brixiae, Jacobus Britannicus, I/l 1. XI 1497. (Nedostaje 11/13.1 1498.) – 135 1. ; 4° (18,5 x 13,5 cm) Got.

HC 2459, BMC VII 982, GW 3400, IGI 0, Goff B-129 (Stilhvell B 114), Bad. 161

Sign. Ink. 20

6. BERNARDUS CLARAEVALLENSIS

Opuscula (ed. Theophilus Brixiensis). /Add:/ Theophilus Brixiensis. Carmen de vita s. Bernardi.

Venetiis, Simon Bevilaqua, 17. X 1495. – ? 1.; 8° (16 x 10,5 cm) Got. i Rom.

HC 2922, BMC V 520, GW 3908, IGI 1548, Goff B-365 (Stilhvell B 319), Bad. 184 (nema ovaj primjerak)

Sign. Ink. 22

7. BIBLIA [Latine]

Biblia cum Tabula Gabrielis Bruni (Petrusangelus de Monte Ulmi, ed.) Brhciae, Angelus et Jacobus Britannicus, VII Id. Sept. II. IX/, 29. XII 1496. – ? 1.; 8° (16,8 x 12 cm) Got.

HC 3119, BMC VII 978, GW 4276, IGI 1679, Goff B-599 (Stilhvell B 533), Bad. 201

Sign. Ink. 21

8. BONIFACIUS VIII, papa

Liber sextus Decretalium. – Papa Clemens V, Constitutiones cum apparatu Johannis Andreae. – Decretales extravagantes. T. I—II.

Venetiis, Baptista de Tortis, I: 17. XI. 1497., II: 15. IV 1494. – 104 + 57 1. ; 2° (43 x 28,5 cm) Got.

H 3623, HC 3620, BMC V 327, GW 4889, IGI 1984+1988, Goff B-1011 (Stilhvell B-898), Bad. 253 (nema ovaj primjerak)

Sign. Ink. 1

9. MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO

Synonyma. De differentiis. [Add:] Bartholomaeus Fatius, Synonyma et differentiae. Venetiis, Manfredus de Bonellis et Gregorius de Ruscobonis, 12. XII 1500. [24] 1. (A4-F4) ; 4° (20,3 x 14,7 cm) Rom.

H 5357, BMC V 506, GW 7037, IGI 2985, Goff 0 (Stilhvell 0), Bad. 354

Sign. Ink. 17 Privez

10. CLEMENS V, papa

Constitutiones cum Apparatu domini Joannis Andreae. Venetiis, Baptista de Tortis, 15. IV 1494. – 57 1. ; 2° (43 x 28,5 cm) Got. H 3620, BMC V 227, GW 4888, IGI 1984 (!), Goff B-l007 (Stilhvell B 898), Bad. 253 (djelo je pripisao papi Bonifaciju VIII., a ne Papi Klementu V.)

Sign. Ink. 1

11. JOHANNES DUNS SCOTUS

Quaestiones in quattuor libros Sententiarum (Ed. Philippus Bagnacavallus). [Samo P. L] Venetiis, Bonetus Locatellus pro Octaviisaniano Scoto, I: V. Kal. Jan [18. XII.] 1497. -163 1. ; 2° (32×21,5 cm) Got.

H 6420, C 2125, R 169, GW 9077, IGI 3601, Goff D-383 (Stilhvell D 310), Bad. 0

Sign. Ink. 2

12. DUNS SCOTUS, JOHANNES

Quodlibeta (Ed. Philippus Bagnacavallus).

Venetiis, Bonetus Locatellus pro Octaviano Scoto, III. Non. Febr. [3. II.] 1497. [1498]. -53 1.; 2° (32×21,8 cm) Got.

HCR 6437, BMC V 449, GW 9072, IGI 3597, Goff D-397 (Stilhvell D 323), Bad. 414

Sign. Ink. 2 Privez

13. DUNS SCOTUS, JOHANNES

Cjuaestiones in quattuor libros Sententiarum (Ed. Philippus Bagnacavallus). [Samo P. IV] Venetiis, Bonetus Locatellus pro Octaviano Scoto, IV, XV. Kal. Jan. [18. XII] 1497. – 163

1.; 2° (32×21,8 cm) Got.

H 6420, C 2125, R 169, BMC V 448, GW 9077, IGI 3602, Goff D-383 (Stilhvell D 310),

Bad. 0

Sign. Ink. 3

14. DURANTI, GUILLELMUS

Rationale divinorum officiorum (Ed. Joannes Aloisius Tuscanus).

Venetiis, Erhardus Ratdolt, VI. Id. Dec. /8. XII/1485. – ? 1.; 2° (30,5 x 21 cm) Got.

HC 6490, BMC V 291, GW 9130, IGI 3635, Goff D^29 (Stilhvell D 353), Bad. 426

Sign. Ink. 10

15. LIVIUS, TITUS

Historiae Romanae decades (Ed. Lucas Porrus).

Tarvisii, Johannes /Rubeus/ Vercellensis, 1485. – ? 1.; 2° (33,8 x 23,5 cm) Rom. HC 10136, BMC VI 897, IGI 5777, Goff L-244 (Stillvvell L 216), Bad 690 (nema ovaj primjerak)

Sign. Ink. 4

16. JOHANNES de MAGISTRIS

Cjuaestiones super tota philosophia naturali.

Venetiis, /Bonetus Locatellus/ pro Octaviano Scoto, VII. Kal. Oct. [25. IX.] 1490. – [159] + [1]1. ;4°(23,4x 17 cm) Got.

H 10449, BMC 0, Madsen 2570, IGI 5942, Goff 0 (Stilhvell 0), Bad. 0

Sign.Ink. 15

17.  JOHANNES de MAGISTRIS

Quaestiones super totum cursum logicae (Ed. Franciscus Gregorius). Venetiis, Bonetus Locatellus pro Octaviano Scoto, 12 Kal. Jul. /20. VI/ 1487. – ? 1. ; 4° (23,4 x 17,7 cm) Got.

H 10452=9424, BMC V 436, IGI 5943, Goff M-29 (Stilhvell M 19), Bad. 708

Sign. Ink. 14

18. MISSALE [Croatice-glagolitice]

Misal po zakonu Rimskoga dvora.

V Senji, Blaž Baromić, Silvestar Bedričić, Gašpar Turčić, C.u.p.g. [1494] miseca Augusta dan ž [7]. – 214 1.; 4° (18 x 13,5 cm) Glag. (crveni i crni tisak).

Sign.Ink. 19

19. NICOLAUS de AUSMO

Supplementum Summae Pisanellae.  [Acc]  Canones poenitentiales fratris Astensis et Consilia Alexandri de Nevo contra Judaeos foenerantes.

Venetiis, Bartholomaeus de Alexandria, Andreas [Torresanus] de Asula et Mapheus de Salodio, 10. III. 1481. – ; 4° (20,3 x 14,5 cm) Got.

HC 2161, BMC V 306, IGI 6878, Goff N-73 (Stilhvell N 59), Bad. 777

Sign. Ink. 18

20. NICOLAUS de LYRA

Postilla super totam Bibliam. P. II—III.

Venetiis, /Bonetus Locatellus/ pro Octaviano Scoto, II: [s.d.], III: V. Id. Aug. [9. VIII] 1488.-? L; 2° (30,3 x 21 cm) Got.

H 10365, BMC 0, IGI 6823, Goff N-132 (Stilhvell N 109), Bad. 782

Sign. Ink. 7

21. NICOLAUS de LYRA

Postilla super totam Bibliam. P. I—III.

Venetiis [Bonetus Locatellus] pro Octaviano Scoto, I—II: [s.d.], III: V. Id. Aug. [9. VIII] 1488.-71. ; 2° (31 x 21 cm) Got.

H 10365, BMC 0, IGI 6823, Goff N-132 (Stilhvell N 109), Bad. 782

Sign. Ink. 8

22. PETRUS LOMBARDUS
Sententiarum libri IV.

 

 

Adress:Samostan sv. Frane
Trg sv. Frane 6
51557 Cres

Phone no:tel. (051) 571-217

samostan.cres@ofmconv.hr

Priests:Fr. Zdravko Tuba, Guardian
Fr. Ferdinand Ćavar
Fr. Tomislav Cvetko, Magister of the Postulants


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