Meister ECKHART. Sermon on BEATI PAUPERES SPIRITU. Private printing in Pawlet, Vermont: December MCMLX . Translated by R. B. Blakney, permission granted for usage by Harper & Brothers. Printed by Claude Fredericks in an edition of 220 copies. 26cm. 4 sheets folded once, 2 blank pages, title page, verso blank, first page of text is page 1, 8 numbered pages, 1 unnumbered page of text with colophon, verso blank, followed by two blanks. Unsewn, kept in printer’s laid paper wrapper with the title on the front, also sold with original mailing envelope, in this instance unaddressed. Pages are numbered with lower-case Roman numerals. Printed on heavy hand-made paper. Fine.
Eckhart von Hochheim (1260 – 1328), a Dominican, was schooled in Paris, accused of heresy and recanted prior to his death, but a papal commission confirmed judgement against him, as it was believed statements he had made would lead the common people into error. This sermon is based on Matthew’s Gospel 5:3, “Beati pauperes spiritu quia ipsorum est regnum caelorum.” (“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”)