One of the Great Fifteenth-Century Manuals for Confessors [Trovamala de Salis, Battista (d.1496)]. [Summa Casuum Conscientiae (Second Version known as Rosella Casuum)]. [Venice: Paganinus de Paganinis, 21 Dec. 1499]. [xiv], 479 ff. Collation: ?4, a10, aa-CC16, DD12. Complete. Printed register at end does not list the first  leaves, which contain the "Rubrice Iuris Civilis" and "Summa Angelica." Leaf ?4 includes the Papal bull "Etsi Dominici Gregis" with the imprint: Rome, 21 December 1479. Octavo (6" x 4"; 15cm x 10 cm). Later vellum from a manuscript leaf, raised bands and hand-lettered title to spine, ties lacking, endpapers renewed. Light soiling, moderate rubbing to extremities, a few small sections neatly removed from spine, minor chipping to spine ends, corners bumped, hinges partially cracked. 46-line text in parallel columns, capital spaces left blank. Moderate toning, occasional faint dampstaining, minor worming in places, mostly to margins, minor loss to text on leaves tt4-tt4-tt16 (ff. 292-304), light soiling and edgewear to preliminaries, first three leaves partially detached. $5,000. * Second edition in octavo format and the final incunable edition. After the Fourth Lateran council of 1215 a number of manuals of confession appeared. Their purpose was the intellectual preparation of priests for a prudent and informed exercise of the office of confessor. Father Trovamala's is one of the best examples of this literature. Also known as the Summa Casuum Conscientiae, Rosella Casuum or Summa Baptistiniana, it was a standard work. First printed in 1482 and immediately successful, it was revised and expanded by the author as the Rosella Casuum or Summa Rosella. That edition was printed in 1484 with later editions in 1489, 1495 and 1499. A notable feature is its opinion of usury. Unlike other authors of summa for confessors, Trovamala argues that dry exchange is not usury because of its speculative nature. Goff, Incunabula in American Libraries S50. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke 3326. Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue is00050000.
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