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Bod-Inc: A-216


Alphabetum divini amoris.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Prohemium. Incipit: ‘[A]d honorem omnipotentis dei aliquos modos et vias pro eleuatione mentis in deum propono conscribere . . .’

a3v ‘Tabula.’

a3v Gerson, Johannes [pseudo-]: Alphabetum divini amoris. Incipit: ‘[A] timore seruili procedit filialis plures . . .’ See A‑213.


Imprint: Alost: Thierry Martens, 6 Feb. 1487/8. 8°.


Collation: a–f8.


ISTC: ia00526600

GW: GW 1559;

Hain: HC 7636;

BMC: BMC IX 126;

Proctor: Pr 9196;

Others: Campbell 800; Gerson, Oeuvres, I 73, no. 20; HPT II 386; ILC 226; Oates 3675; Sheppard 7050.

LCN: 14424684


Copy number: A-216(1)

Bound with:
1. Gerardus de Zutphania, De spiritualibus ascensionibus. [Strasbourg: Johann Prüss, c.1488-93] (G‑080).

Wanting the blank leaf f8.

Binding: Contemporary (Flemish?) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with metal catch. On both covers an outer border of a single fillet, within which are two small lozenge-shaped stamps, both repeated, one of the lamb-and-flag, the other of a bird feeding its young (pelican in piety?). A frame is formed by two intersecting fillets, with a small rosette stamp at the intersections. The inner rectangle is divided by fillets into square compartments containing a small lozenge-shaped eagle stamp; small rosette stamps at the points of intersection.

Size: 148 × 105 × 37 mm.

Size of leaf: 142 × 97 mm.

Fragments of two twelfth-century parchment leaves, the front pastedown from a missal, incipit ‘[D]eus infirmitatis . . .' from ‘Postcommunio' for ‘Missa pro infirmis'; see P. Bruylauts, Les oraisons du missel romain (Louvain, 1952), II 234; incipit: ‘[O]mnipotens sempiterne deus [conseruator animarum] . . .' from the collect added to ‘Missa pro infirmis' in Paris, Arsenal, MS. 135 (The Sarum Missal, ed. J. Wickham Legg (Oxford, 1916), 410 n. 8, apparently with slight variations at the end in the pastedown). Back pastedown, incipit ‘([I]n illo tempore dixit ihesus discipulis suis), Amen amen dico uobis . . .' [Io 16,20], part of the reading for matins for third Sunday after Easter, also the antiphon for vespers on the same day; Breviarium ad usum insignis ecclesiae Sarum, ed. Francis Procter and Christopher Wordsworth, I (Cambridge, 1882), cols dccccix and dccccxii–dccccxiii; incipit: ‘[Qui] consolatur nos in omni tribulatione nostra . . .' [II Cor 1,4].

Contemporary manuscript note rejecting the authorship of Gerson on a1r: ‘In processu et stilo apparet titulum esse falsum. Non enim iste tractatus est magistri Gerson . . .' Pen-trials on pastedown leaves.

One six-line initial, three-line initials, and paragraph marks are supplied in red; initial strokes in red.

Provenance: Purchased in 1900 from Joseph Baer & Co., Monumenta, 1.

SHELFMARK: Inc. f. N1.1487.1(2).

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