Antiquariat Jürgen Dinter

Nicolaus de Cusa

[Opuscula varia. Part I of II].  — Strassburg 1488

20.000 €

[Opuscula varia. Part I of II].

[Strassburg, Martin Flach, not after 2 Jan. 1489].

Folio (275 x 201 mm). a8 b-r6 (but lacking blanks r5,6): (102) of 104 leaves, lacking two blanks at the end. Type: 80, and 175 (head-lines. [Part II has no headlines]). Woodcut diagrams. Initials and rubrication in red.

Bibliographical notes, a faint unreadable stamp, and a note dated 1773 on blank recto of a1; lower outer corner of c6 torn out; spots on lower margin of g5&6. Leaves d6 and i3 show remnants of a small vellum strip marking a chapter (Blattweiser). On the initial A of the first book of Ydiota de sapientia a small piece of paper is pasted with the same initial A, there may have been of paper flaw or something like that.

19th century half-calf, spine worn; housed in a modern box of dark blue calf. A copy with ample margins.

GW M 26367; BMC I, 157 (part I and II as separate entries); Goff N 97.


De docta ignorantia: a2r-f4v (written in 1440)

Apologia doctae ignorantiae: f5r-g5v (1450)

De conjecturis: g6r-l5v (1442)

De filiatione Dei: l6r-m4r (1445)

De Genesi: m5r-n3v (1447)

Ydiota de vera sapientia, De mente, De staticis experimentis: n4r-r4v (1450)

Goff dates „1500“, but the Tübingen UB copy has a purchase note 13. Oct 1488 of part II, and 2. Jan. 1489 of part I; that shows that both parts have been printed in 1488. The account book of the printer, publisher, and bookseller Peter Drach/Strassbourg, shows a purchase note of the Opuscula of 1491/92; he had to pay the high price of 1 1/2 gold guilders.

Since part I only has a colophon, it is often bound after part II, which has none.

Ms. source of the edition is Codex Cusanus 218, compiled by Peter Wymar of Erkelenz (1430-1494), secretary of Nicolaus de Cusa, and sent by him to Martin Flach.