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Bod-Inc: A-213


Alphabetum divini amoris.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Prohemium. Incipit: ‘[A]d honorem omnipotentis dei aliquos modos et vias pro eleuatione mentis in deum propono conscribere . . .’

[a2r] ‘Tabula.’

[a2r] Gerson, Johannes [pseudo-]: Alphabetum divini amoris. Incipit: ‘[A] timore seruili procedit filialis plures . . .’ Authorship ascribed to Johannes Gerson in the colophon of this edition and in BMC. Authorship formerly erroneously ascribed to Nikolaus Kempf; see Dennis Martin, ‘The Writings of Nikolaus Kempf of Strassburg, ca.1437-1468', Die Kartäuser in Österreich, I, Analecta Cartusiana, 83 (Salzburg, 1980), 127-54, at 153.


Imprint: [Cologne: Ulrich Zell, c.1466-7]. 4°.


Collation: [a b10 c8].


ISTC: ia00524000

GW: GW 1554;

Hain: HC *7631;

Goff: Goff A‑524;

BMC: BMC I 179;

Proctor: Pr 801;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑432; CIBN A‑273; Gerson, Oeuvres, I 73, no. 19; Oates 282-3; Sack, Freiburg, 126; Sheppard 594; Voulliéme, Köln, 459.

LCN: 14424750


Copy number: A-213(1)

Bound with:
1. Matthaeus de Cracovia, De modo confitendi et de puritate conscientie. [Cologne: Ulrich Zell, c.1470] (M‑153);
2. Johannes Gerson, Opus tripartitum. [Cologne: Ulrich Zell, c.1467] (G‑116);
3A. Johannes Gerson, De pollutione nocturna. [Cologne: Ulrich Zell, c.1467] (G‑122);
3B. Johannes Gerson, De cognitione castitatis. [Cologne: Ulrich Zell, c.1467] (G‑095);
4. Johannes Gerson, De remediis contra pusillanimitatem. [Cologne: Ulrich Zell, c.1468-70] (G‑126);
5. Augustinus, De agone christiano. [Cologne: Ulrich Zell, c.1470] (A‑512(2));
6. Augustinus, De vita christiana. De singularitate clericorum. Cologne: Ulrich Zell, 1467 (A‑607(2));
8. Augustinus, Homeliae. [Cologne: Ulrich Zell, c.1470] (A‑551(1)).

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf, for the Bodleian Library; green pastedowns and endleaves; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers.

Size: 219 × 150 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 212 × 144 mm.

On [a1r], l. 2: ‘ . . . deum', like GW, but unlike BMC; on [c8v], l. 2 of colophon: ‘ . . . Joh'', like BMC, unlike GW.

On [a1r] of item 1, manuscript table of contents in a contemporary hand, probably that of Gerardus K. On [a3v], [a7v], and [b7v] additions have been made in spaces in the text, in black ink in a contemporary hand. On [b4v] part of the text has been erased and corrections made in black ink. The name ‘Johannes Gerson' in the colophon has been deleted and replaced in a sixteenth-century hand by ‘Jo. Gerson hic frequenter citatur'. The gatherings of items 2–3b are signed signed consecutively in early black ink; items 4-8 are signed in red ink, nos 5-8 consecutively.

Throughout the volume one-, three-, four-, and six-line initials are supplied in red or blue; some with Cologne-style reserved white decoration. Paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Underlining and initial strokes in red. Rubric titles supplied in red.

Provenance: Gerardus K. of Deventer (fifteenth/sixteenth century), pastor in Kalkar: ‘Gerardus K. Dauentriensis Pastor in Calkar': partially deleted inscription. Probably the copy purchased for £10. 10. 0; see Books Purchased (1824), 2: ‘Augustinus (S.) De singularitate clericorum. Coloniæ ap. Udalr. Zell. 1467. acc. tractatus varii. Sine loco et anno, sed impressi per eundem typographum. 4to.'; information probably derived from colophon of item 6.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 5.31(7).

Copy number: A-213(2)

On [a1r], l. 3 '... deuw', as BMC; [c8v], l. 2 of colophon, 'Joh'', also as BMC.

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century quarter red leather with marbled paper boards, and with spine gold-tooled with the title of the work.

Size: 226 × 149 × 10 mm. Size of leaf: 215 × 140 mm.

Formerly part of a Sammelband: early foliation numbers in black ink, 95-122. Pointing hand on [a2v], early annotations and 'nota' mark on [a4r], and underlining on [c8v], all in black ink.

Throughout, one-, three-, four-, and six-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red; underlining and capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Campbell Library; 'L 4 Campbell' on front pastedown; undated note, signed by Peter Levi, SJ (1931-2000); according to note, the book was left by him with Dr David Rogers, presumably for identification. Date of deposit unknown, probably between about 1950 and 1977 (when Levi left the Jesuits); found on David Rogers's desk, Feb. 1995.

SHELFMARK: Dep. e.601.

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