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Bod-Inc: A-215


Alphabetum divini amoris.


Analysis of Content

aa1r Prohemium. Incipit: ‘[A]d honorem omnipotentis dei aliquos modos et vias pro eleuatione mentis in deum propono conscribere . . .’

aa1v ‘Tabula.’

aa1v Gerson, Johannes [pseudo-]: Alphabetum divini amoris. Incipit: ‘[A] timore seruili procedit filialis plures . . .’ See A‑213.


Imprint: Louvain: Johannes de Westfalia, [c.1477-83]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated in HPT.


Collation: aa bb8.


ISTC: ia00526000

GW: GW 1556;

Hain: HC 7634;

Goff: Goff A‑526;

BMC: BMC IX 145;

Proctor: Pr 9246;

Others: Campbell 798; Gerson, Oeuvres, I 73, no. 24; HPT II 436; ILC 223; Oates 3728; Sheppard 7100.

LCN: 14424809, 14424899


Copy number: A-215(1)

Bound with:
1. Antonius de Butrio, Speculum de confessione. [Louvain: Johannes de Westfalia, 1477-83] (B‑621).

Wanting the blank leaf bb8.

Binding: Seventeenth-century English blind-tooled sprinkled calf. On both covers a frame formed by fillets, within which a smaller frame with a cresting roll and a fleuron at each corner. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp on the upper cover. Items 1 and 2 were bound together before the volume received its present binding, as is indicated by the running headings which are in the same early hand, possibly that of Edward Medley. Thomas Symson's ownership inscription in item 1 imitates the phrasing of that of Medley at the end of item 2. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 266 × 210 × 32 mm.

Size of leaf: 259 × 200 mm.

Underlining and some marginal notes in an early hand, possibly that of Edward Medley.

Some one-line initials are supplied in black ink.

Provenance: Edward Medley (fl. c.1512-15); inscriptions on both bb7r and bb7v of item 2: on the recto: ‘Edwardo medley constat veniam deus sibi prestat precio 2s 6d ‘; and on the verso: ‘Edwardi Medley consumptu liber fiat iste'; MS. Rawl. D. 893 fol. 169, one leaf of parchment, contains the inscription: ‘Attinet iste liber Domino ad Cognomine Medley | Dicitur Edwardus scire quicumque ferat. Et continentur in hoc volume Speculum de confessione. Ars moriendi. Speculum humane vite in duobus libris. Speculum conversionis peccatorum. Speculum ecclesie. Liber elevationis mentis ad Deum', possibly a former endleaf for this volume. Thomas Symson (sixteenth century); on a1v of item 1, ‘Thome Symson restat veniam deus sibi praestat'. Robert Burton (1577-1640); see Kiessling, Robert Burton, nos 270 and 663; name on title-page of item 1. Bequeathed in 1640.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: G 1. 13 Th.; G 5. 2 Th.; Auct. 1Q 3.16.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 4.12(2).

Copy number: A-215(2)

Bound in a volume of miscellaneous fragments.

Leaf bb6 only.

Three pointing hands in the lower margin of the verso.

SHELFMARK: Inc. c. N97.1(5).

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